Simeone: Atletico not thinking about Madrid derby

The successful coach has urged his men to focus on Tuesday’s encounter against Osasuna before they start thinking about this weekend’s derby

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has insisted that his side are not yet thinking about their derby clash with Real Madrid on Saturday.

The Rojiblancos take on Osasuna on Tuesday before travelling to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since beating their rivals at their own ground in the Copa del Rey final in May and the Argentine has stressed that his side cannot afford to slip up against the Pamplona side.

“The derby against Real Madrid? We have to take each game as it comes, otherwise we’ll undo the good work done in beating Real Valladolid away from home,” Simeone said.

“If we don’t get a good result against Osasuna that wouldn’t be good. We have to take each game as it comes and keep growing.

“They’re a side that are dangerous out wide, with Emiliano Armenteros and Sisi providing a lot of pace. Their midfield will be packed with players to win the ball back and come out of defence quickly.

“We have to keep a high tempo to the match and look for the intensity we need to keep moving forward.”

Second-placed Atletico sit two points clear of Real Madrid in third, with both sides unbeaten in the league this season. 

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