Both Argentinians and rivals at the home competition. One from Calderon's bench and the other from the cared turf of Camp Nou. Diego Pablo Simeone has praised Leo Messi in a statements to the TV channel TyC Sports.
"He's the number 1, there's nobody close to Leo Messi. He adapts to what makes you win, because he wants to win. Beyond where you place him, if you make him see that with work, order and with everything you try, you will win... he will do it with no doubt." Words by the coach during an interview to value the Copa America and the aim of Gerardo Martino's team to win the championship.
Simeone also made reference to the comparison between the two 10 of Argentina: Messi and Maradona. Cautious. Cholo said: "They played in a different stages and different positions. Maradona played everywhere on the field; Messi is a kicker. They are both spectacular footballers. Messi won 4 Champions Leagues, I don't know if anybody else could achieve this." At last, and talking about the 'albiceleste', Simeone said that he would like "Messi to make Argentina win the Copa America and the World Cup," he added.
Atletico Madrid's coach knows what suffering Leo Messi is and he is conscious about the abilities of Barça's 10, with whom he will meet again during 2015/16 season, with Atletico Madrid who will have to show regularity to face Barça and Real Madrid in La Liga.