Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says emotion rather than technical ability could decide the fate of the UEFA Super Cup derby against Real Madrid on Wednesday in Tallinn.
Simeone is suspended from the touchline for the match after being sent off in the UEFA Europa League semi-final match against Arsenal.
It was a competition his team went on to win in May leading to Wednesday’s confrontation against UEFA Champions League winners Real.
“The important thing is the emotion, the hope. This game could be decided on an emotional level,” the Argentine coach told reporters.
Atletico retained key man Antoine Griezmann in spite of interest from FC Barcelona in the summer.
They added several more players to their squad, including Gelson Martins, Thomas Lemar and Santiago Arias.
However, Simeone says it does not necessarily mean his team is stronger and ready to compete for trophies against La Liga giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
“The arrival of good players guarantees good individuals but not a better team until we are all working in the same direction,” added Simeone.
“Obviously, our budgets are not the same. But in terms of motivation we never feel beneath anyone. In this match, we will do everything we can to take the game where we want it.”