Simeone approves of ‘annoying’ Atleti

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone is happy with how his team gets under the skin of opponents, and wants more of the same against Espanyol on Saturday.

Los Rojiblancos have gone undefeated in their last nine matches, winning six of those to climb up to second in the Liga standings, four points behind Barcelona ahead of the clash at Vicente Calderon.

"We've never changed [in that sense] of being a strong team, a good unit and teamwork demanded from everyone," he said.

"We're meeting our objective and expectations of being an annoying team, who ask a lot of their opponents and are annoying to play against.

"The most difficult thing is to keep winning. It seems easy as we have good players, but it's not always the case. We've never changed [in that sense] of being a strong team, a good unit and teamwork demanded from everyone.

"The team defended well as a unit, it wasn't only the back four," he added of their 2-0 win over Galatasaray. "We'll wait to see how the boys from Wednesday are, and from there we'll work with the team's formation.

"The team are intense in their approach and create chances. All we need to do now is have more precision in front of goal. Except Jackson [Martinez], everyone's available."

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