The Colchoneros have tasted defeats in consecutive fixtures going into the clash against their city rivals, but El Cholo still has unconditional backing from his players
Atletico Madrid full-back Juanfran believes “world’s best coach” Diego Simeone can lead the Rojiblancos to victory over rivals Real Madrid on Sunday.
Simeone famously led Atleti to the Liga title in 2013-14 and enjoys an enviable record against their city rivals – something emphatically demonstrated when his men stormed to a 4-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon in last season’s corresponding fixture.
But Atleti head into the latest showdown off the back of consecutive defeats to surprise Liga pace-setters Villarreal and Benfica in the Champions League, with question marks remaining over Simeone’s decision to depart from his trusted 4-4-2 formation in favour of a 4-3-3 this term.
Speaking at a club foundation event, Juanfran said: “We have the best coach in the world. We are fully confident in how the system plays day after day, win or lose.
“Let’s play like we play. The hallmarks are the same, even if we have gone two games without a win.
“The coach will make the best of things for Sunday, use the best possible system and take us down the path of victory.
“We will always be motivated before big games. The derby is special but, if something has made us great, it is that we have always given everything at home games, regardless of the opponent.
“We always go out to win and prove that we are better team, and we have to do that on Sunday. Our motivation is always the same – win, win and win.”