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  08/10/2011: Simeone: "Think positive, this will be our derby."
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"The derby is not like anything else." the former Lazio player said to Radio Mana Mana a week before the derby.

"There's so much at stake. I think the best way to prepare is to not think too much about it. You should be aware of the responsibility to play a game like this, but without forgetting it's still a game. It's normal to be nervous, but sometimes it's positive since it's allows you to focus and give more on the field. I'm not afraid to say that this is how it was for me aswell."

Then Simeone said the players need to forget the last 5 derbies: "Having lost the last 5 derbies is tough, but there are many new players who have never played in the derby before. This could be a good thing, I am sure we will win the derby 2-1."

El Cholo still use the word "we" when speaking about Lazio and have many great derby memories from his time in Rome: "The derby I remember the most is the one we won 2-1, with Veron scoring the decisive goal on a free kick, it's probably the game that sealed our scudetto."

Simeone also said some words on his career as a coach: "My time at Catania was my first experience to coach in Serie A, but probably not the last. We achieved a record amount of points in the history of Catania, but then I got an offer from Racing, the club I have been supporting all my life and I acted on instinct as I have always done throughout my career."

Simeone has naturally been linked with a coaching job at Lazio several times but denies there has been any contact: "With Lazio there hasn't been any contact at all. Lazio already has a great coach who knows how to field a strong team. Against Fiorentina, I managed to watch a little before we played Independiente and I saw that Lazio are doing well. In attack they have important players like Klose and Cissé."

Simeone doesn't agree much with the fans that giving Zarate to Inter was a mistake: "In football, nobody is indispensable. Over the years great players like Nesta, Veron and Nedved have left but Lazio have still remained. The same will happen this time, the most important thing is still the society."

About Erik Lamela, another promising argentine youngster in italian football he said the following: "He's still too young to say something certain. In Argentina he only played one season before he moved abroad. He has alot of individual skills but needs to learn to play for the team. It's something he has to learn in Rome, if he can manage this he will become a great player."

The last thing Simeone did was to thank the Lazio fans: "I want to thank the fans of Lazio. When I watched the game against Genoa, suddenly I heard the curva chanting my name and I was moved. It's nice to hear that after all this time there is still much affection."

(Eivind Ytreland)
 
 
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