Diego Simeone is insisting he has a bit role in Antoine Griezmann’s progress, but wants to help the forward reach his potential.
The Frenchman has metamorphosed into one of the best striker in the game. And earlier this week he stressed his desire to continue developing under Simeone, whom he feared was leaving for PSG.
Simeone eventually decided to stay put, though, and he is determined to get the best out of his star attacker.
“I don’t feel like Griezmann’s mentor, I’m just his coach who helps him as a footballer and as a person,” the Atletico coach said ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich.
“We’re helping an extraordinary footballer reach his full potential and I’m just like any other in achieving that.”
Simeone will be hoping Griezmann can build on his fine form this season against Bayern, but the Atletico coach expects a difficult match.
“Bayern are a very competitive team. The team is very similar to the one we played a short time ago,” he added.
“I have great respect and admiration for [Carlo] Ancelotti, for the person and for the coach he is. Especially for the high level he has always managed to maintain throughout his career.”