Rangnick excited by the chance to face Simeone
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has expressed his admiration and respect for Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match in Spain.
Simeone is no stranger to English football fans, of course, following his role in David Beckham's infamous red card at the 1998 World Cup. The former midfielder also came up against United during the 1998/99 Treble-winning season, with Internazionale, during a top-class playing career.
Since hanging up his boots, Simeone has forged a reputation as one of the most accomplished managers in Europe after restoring the fortunes of Atletico in Spain. He has led to the club to two La Liga titles, two Europa Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, the Spanish Cup and Spanish Super Cup.
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“In those 11 years he has won trophies with a clear identity and with a recognisable playing style,” Rangnick told journalists. “And I don't think this has changed in the last years.
“There is always an emotional side and this also reflects the character of the manager - Diego Simeone is probably one of the most emotional managers in Europe.
“I will try to prepare our team, my team, for exactly that kind of challenge. It will be physical, it will be emotional. We have to be mentally strong in both games, even more so when we play away.
“We haven't played against each other as of yet but I have always admired what he has achieved. In 11 years with Atletico, I think he has changed that club completely into one of the most respected clubs in Europe. As I said, I am forwarding to the two games.”