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."