Aragones backs Atletico for Copa del Rey glory

The former Rojiblancos coach believes his old club will not be distracted by their Liga commitments as they prepare for a showpiece final against rivals Real Madrid

Former Spain coach Luis Aragones has backed Atletico Madrid to win the Copa del Rey.

The Rojiblancos face bitter rivals Real Madrid in the final of the competition after their semi-final triumph over Sevilla, and Aragones, who won the trophy three times during his spell in charge of the club, is confident Diego Simeone can replicate the feat.

“Simone already know what he has to say and do - hopefully to win the final and bring home the cup.," Aragones told reporters at a book launch.

Atletico are locked in a battle with Real Madrid for second place in La Liga, with just three points separating the sides, but Aragones does not feel they will be distracted from their goal of Champions League qualification by the looming final.

"Both Madrid and Atletico are teams that command respect. Atletico has an objective to play in the Champions League, it does not matter much if they are second or third," he explained.