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The River Plate youngster is in awe of the way in which the former Rojiblancos midfielder has turned the club around since returning to the Vicente Calderon as a coach in 2011

Giovanni Simeone has credited his father Diego with "changing football" at Atletico Madrid, believing the club embodies his footballing philosophy.

With the Spanish title race nearing its conclusion, los Colchoneros could seal their first La Liga win since 1996 on Sunday if they beat Malaga and Barcelona also fail to overcome Elche

After being granted permission by his father to speak to the Spanish media, Simeone junior spoke proudly of the development and success that has been witnessed at Vicente Calderon since the appointment of the former Argentina midfielder as head coach.

"[My father] is changing football," the 18-year-old striker told Mundo Deportivo.

"Changing the philosophy of the game, the thoughts behind each tactic. Atletico today are a reflection of what he thinks.

"[For him] on the field he you go for the kill, eat at the heels of your opponents. It is amazing what he has done since joining Atletico Madrid."

Simeone has already brought substantial success to los Rojiblancos after replacing Gregorio Manzano in December 2011, winning the Europa League, Uefa Super Cup and Copa del Rey so far, and Giovanni described the sense of expectation in the Simeone household for more silverware.

"We gather in the kitchen [to watch Atleti games]," the former Estudiantes coach's progeny continued.

"Except my brother who goes to watch in his room alone. He always screams before the goals because of a delay. We are almost more aware of Gianluca and his shouting than Diego Costa's goals!"

Atleti top La Liga with 88 points from 36 games, three ahead of second-placed Barcelona with the two clubs set to meet on the final day of the season.

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