The manager of Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone, has said that his team is still not the favourite to lift the La Liga trophy this season.
Atletico has started its La Liga campaign fantastically well this season. They have won each and every La Liga game that they have played so far and are currently at no. 2 in the points table with 21 points in 7 games. They are behind Barcelona on the basis of goal difference.
Recently, Atletico won its first La Liga Madrid derby in the last 14 years by securing a 1-0 win over the local rivals Real Madrid.
Because of Atletico’s consistency so far in the season, the experts believe that they are the serious contenders for the La Liga title, but, Simeone doesn’t think so.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, the Atletico manager said, “We can’t start thinking about the title at this point of time. The season has just begun. There is a long way to go. We can’t let the complacency creep in. We need to be calm and collected and take one game at a time.”
“It’s not that we are winning because of one or two players. The whole team is contributing and that’s really nice. We are putting in hard work and are getting rewarded for that.”
Simeone has been the manager of Atletico since the last 20 months or so. He had joined the club in the middle of the 2011-12 Season.
The former Argentinean player has had quite a bit of success during his tenure at Atletico so far. The team has won some big trophies under him in the last couple of seasons including the Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Copa Del Rey.
Under Simeone, Atletico has so far played 97 games out of which they have won 62.