Valencia coach Valverde big fan of Simeone's Atletico Madrid

Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde is a big fan of Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid.

Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde is a big fan of Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid.

Valverde came up against Simeone as a player in the 1990s when the former played for Athletic Bilbao and the latter for Sevilla and then Atletico Madrid.

He said: "He [Simeone] was a tough player, he brought a lot of character to his teams.

"That's the impression I have of him as a player and when I watch Atletico now it's like a version of what he was like as a player. They have an enviable spirit about them and the whole team is committed to the cause. Simeone has given the team a lot of character.

"They might not be a team that retains possession but they are a solid team who make sacrifices for each other and are good at taking the ball from their opponents, things that characterised Simeone as a player."

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