Thursday May 10 2012
Italian job aided Simeone

Diego Simeone has thanked Catania for helping him last night win the Europa League with Atletico Madrid.

The Argentine tactician saw his Spanish side beat Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao 3-0 to win the trophy – less than a year after he helped Catania survive the drop in Serie A.

“My past at Catania has helped me to improve as a Coach,” he told Mediaset. “I use a lot of Italian tactics here, mixed in with the quality of Spanish football.”

Simeone knows the Italian game well after playing for Pisa, Lazio and Inter during his career as a midfielder.

Given his impact from the bench, it is no surprise that his name has been linked with a future job at Inter.

“I’m very happy at Atletico Madrid,” he responded. “I have a great rapport with people at Inter, but I saw the Milan derby and they are playing well right now.”

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