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Simeone: Courtois wouldn't be a starter at Atleti as Oblak is better

Simeone: Courtois wouldn't be a starter at Atleti as Oblak is better

The Atletico Madrid striker was left off The FIFA Best Players podium with Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah named instead.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wouldn't get a game in his team.

Griezmann was close to leaving Atletico Madrid in the summer but made a decision to stay, which he documented in a television show that was broadcast before the World Cup.

Atletico Madrid, who Simeone has declared are at Real's level following their sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, are now 10th in the Liga table after three rounds of matches.

"In results, no", he said when asked if Atletico were worse than Real Madrid.

"He is World Champion, he won the European Super Cup and the Europa League, and he was the best player in the World Cup final".

Simeone was also quizzed on Griezmann, who over the past four months has become a World Cup victor with France and helped Atleti to Europa League and Super Cup glory.

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"In this past year, he was the best in the world".

"Obviously it disappoints a little".

However the Argentine, who has led his side to one win, one draw and one defeat so far this season, claimed that Antoine Griezmann had outperformed both of them over the past year.

In June, Griezmann signed a new deal with Atleti through to 2023 despite reported interest from Barcelona, a move Simeone insists he never expected to happen.

"I swear on my kids that I never saw us losing him", he told El Partidazo de COPE .

"I read that Mbappe is more powerful and quicker than him, but Griezmann is the pilot". I have always said that one day I will coach Inter, I consider it an option.


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