Simeone: Not about revenge against Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has downplayed how bitter the rivalry between his side and city rivals Real Madrid.

The two sides from the Spanish capital will face each other in the Champions League semi-finals in May. Atleti have lost to Los Blancos in two of the last three finals, but Simeone says that revenge isn’t an added incentive for him.

"The goal is to reach the final and, for this, you have to beat the opponent you play," he said, via Goal. "Whoever the rival, it would be the same goal and the same reason to win."

The Argentine was speaking ahead of their Liga match against Espanyol, and he shifted the focus onto Saturday’s match and the quest for third place in the standings.

"I'm thinking of Espanyol, it's a tremendous week to look for third place. I do not think of anything else.

"The players have looked at the rival we will play in the Champions League, but the league does not allow you to be distracted.

"It will be a very complex game against Espanyol, a rival in good form. This game will demand a lot."