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ATM VS LIV: What Simeone Meant When He Said His Focus Is On Liverpool As A Team & Not On Only Salah

The UEFA Champions League matchday 3 is set to commence today. One of the games of the night is the fixture between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool. Atletico Madrid will be hosting Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium in Spain. Recall that Liverpool is topping the group with 6 points from two games, while Atletico Madrid has 4 points.

Photo: Simeone's Pre-Match Interview || Video Screenshot

However, Atletico Madrid's coach, Diego Simeone, has reacted to the game. He said Salah is an extraordinary player, but he is focused on Liverpool as a team. He spoke about Salah's great form but also clarified that all he cares about is the Liverpool team. Therefore, below is what Simeone meant when he made those statements.

1. Football Is A Team Sport, and The Focus Shouldn't Be On One Player.

Photo: Mohamed Salah || Twitter

The moment Diego Simeone starts focusing on Salah, the team would start to lose its balance. Note that taking precautionary moves to shut down Salah could leave loopholes in other areas of the field, which could be to the detriment of Atletico Madrid. Therefore, Simeone was right to focus on the entire Liverpool team.

2. Liverpool Has Other Quality Players That Create Problems For Atletico Madrid.

Photo: Mohamed Salah || Twitter

Secondly, Simeone's message could also indicate that other Liverpool players are equally as threatening as Mohamed Salah. Players like Sadio Mane and Robert Firmino can also hurt Atletico Madrid's defense.

Photo: Firmino and Mane || Twitter

Defensively, Van Dijk, Arnold, Robertson, and Matip have also been great this season. Therefore, the could also be a problem for Atletico Madrid's attack.

In conclusion, Diego Simeone was spot on when he said his focus is on the entire Liverpool team.

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