Zinedine Zidane has hailed Diego Simeone as the complete manager ahead of their meeting in Saturday’s Champions League final.
The Frenchman heads to Milan having lost his only encounter against Simeone since taking over as Real Madrid boss, although his side leapfrogged Atleti in the penultimate week of the Liga season to finish ahead of them in second place.
And despite favouring a different style of football, Zidane was very forthcoming in acknowledging the qualities of his rival.
“[Simeone] has everything,” he said.
“He has everything a coach has to have but above all he knows his team, his players, very well and that’s the most important thing.
“Simeone is one of the best coaches in the world.”
And Zidane, who has turned around Madrid’s season from crisis in January to recovering their title challenge and given them a chance of European glory, thinks that he has a lot to learn until he is at that level.
“I have a lot to learn still, but the desire I have to learn is tremendous so I am going to improve, for sure.
“There’s still a lot I need to do to be a great coach. An important coach.”