Simeone: Why Atleti won't give guard of honour


Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has explained why his team will not give Real Madrid a guard of honour ahead of the Madrid derby.

The club releaed a statement earlier this week confirming they will not given their cross-town rivals a guard of honour after they were crowned LaLiga champions last weekend.

Teams in Spain have done the special tributes in the past, although Los Blancos refused to the same for Barcelona when they were crowned champions in 2018 before an El Clasico.

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Simeone says they have more respect for their own people, but did congratulate Los Blancos for the title.

"The reality is what the club said in a press release, explaining perfectly, congratulating Real Madrid above all, the footballers, the technical staff, because they have done a great job," Simeone said, as per Goal.

"We have respect for Madrid but more for our people.

“I don't know if this is represented in other world championships. Each society is different. The Spanish one has this guard of honour for their rivals, [but] as an example, where I come from I don't use it. We live differently too."

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