Antoine Griezmann (L), Diego Simeone (R). Photograph:( Reuters )
'I don't need to say much about Antoine. He is very important now, and for the future of the club and the team,' says Simeone
Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone said that forward Antoine Griezmann is "very important" for the future of the club and the team after their 3-2 victory over Valencia on Wednesday.
Alvaro Morata put Atletico ahead in the ninth minute and Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa scored the other two goals to make sure Barcelona has to wait a little longer to celebrate the Spanish league title.
Simeone hailed Atletico's star player Griezmann, who now has 21 goals in all competitions this season.
During the post-match presentation, Simeone said, "I don't need to say much about Antoine. He is very important now, and for the future of the club and the team. I can't repeat it more."
"He is the captain today and we hope for next season that he can repeat the intensity he has been playing this season," he added.
In the league competition, Barcelona defeated Alaves 2-0 on Tuesday and would have sealed its second straight league trophy and eighth in 11 seasons.
Now it will have to wait until Saturday, when a win over relegation-threatened Levante at Camp Nou Stadium would be enough.
The Catalan club can also secure its 26th title if Atletico loses its match at Valladolid earlier on Saturday.