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Diego Simeone hits back at Xavi over his criticism of Atletico Madrid's style of play

Arjun Singh Devgan
Simeone is not too happy with Xavi over his criticism of Atletico
Simeone is not too happy with Xavi over his criticism of Atletico / LLUIS GENE/GettyImages

Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone has hit out at Barcelona boss, Xavi Hernandez over his criticism of the playing the style of his club, claiming that the Spaniard "doesn't understand" life outside Barcelona.

Simeone's side travel to the Nou Camp to face Barcelona on Sunday, 6 February in the LaLiga and the Argentinian appeared to be stung by Xavi's comments in his pre-match conference, referencing to the comments the current Catalan boss made almost a decade earlier.

"I remember Xavi saying in 2016 on Universo Valdano (a programme on Spanish television) that Atletico Madrid's style wasn't a style for big teams. Now he will have the opportunity -- with all these new players arriving, he has eight now for three positions (in attack) -- he will be able to deploy the team that he wants, that he imagines, what he grew up with at Barcelona. And we will try to take the game where we can hurt them," he said.

Simeone who has never won a game at the Nou Camp in a decade he has been in charge of Atletico, went on to reveal that he believes that Xavi has all the tools to succeed in what is a high-pressure job at Barcelona.

"I like how Barcelona play. [Xavi] has imposed the philosophy that he has had all his life. With the players he has brought in, obviously he has a lot of tools... Since I've been here Barcelona have always fought to be champions. And with these new weapons, they have a chance for sure," the Argentinian added.

The two sides are only separated by a point going into the game as they look to challenge Real Madrid for the league title come the end of the season.