Simeone: La Liga is not boring, it is unequal

The Argentine coach moved to correct a previous statement in which he claimed Spain's top division is dull, and added that "time will tell" if his is the best Atletico Madrid ever
Diego Simeone has moved to clarify comments he made about the state of La Liga, insisting it is "unequal" rather than "boring".

The Atletico Madrid boss had claimed after his side's 4-1 defeat to Barcelona that Spain's top division is dull, but he has now corrected his statement to highlight the frustration of seeing only the current league leaders or Real Madrid become champions.

In an interview with Argentine website Canche Llena, he said: "I was in a hurry and I made a mistake [when I called the Liga boring]. The correct description would be to say that it is unequal.

"Since 2004, when Valencia were Champions, the title has only gone to Barcelona or Real Madrid. That's an undebatable fact. They win it and the rest are miles behind, but it's not boring. The football is good.

"I was trying to make the point that the league kills the dreams of fans who hope that one day their team could be champions. The huge budgets of Barcelona and Real Madrid make for a vast difference."

Simeone added that he cannot see beyond Barcelona for this season's Liga crown, given the form to date of Tito Vilanova's side.

"Sadly, other fans can't dream," he said. "Barcelona's current campaign is stunning. I wouldn't say it's impossible to catch them, but the numbers are what they are, they don't lie."

Atletico have enjoyed a superb 2012, having won the Europa League title and the European Super Cup while maintaining a strong domestic run which currently sees them occupy second place in the table.

With the likes of star striker Radamel Falcao on their books, there are many who consider this to be the greatest Rojiblancos side of all time, but Simeone insists such talk is premature.

When asked if this is the best-ever Atletico team, he said: "Time will tell, let's see when we can take the long view. Now isn't the time. When I talk about this I prefer to reply that we need to be more competitive every day.

 "Atletico is a team, and a team reacts when the individuals are up to the challenge. We need everyone: [Diego] Godin, Gabi, Arda Turan, Koke, Adrian, Diego Costa, and of course Falcao and the guys out wide, Filipe Luis and Juanfran."

The former Argentina midfielder added that he is unfazed by speculation surrounding the coaching roles at Barcelona and Real Madrid, and insisted he is focused on his own team.

"I'm not in charge at either club; I don't think talking about that is advisable," he said. "I'm very happy in charge at Atletico. The squad give me commitment, talent and style.

"Football is everything, mind, heart, talent. If you achieve it, you feel indestructible. I'm a believer that emotions can move mountains, that spirit alone can trump budgets."