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2019 07 25 Retrieve

[Midfielder Saul Niguez talked up the weight of the encounter despite its non-competitive status, stating that his side will treat the match no differently from any other face-off with Zinedine Zidane’s side] Although it is a friendly match, it is a derby. It is always special, it is the first that is played outside Europe, it makes us very excited to compete tomorrow. The really important thing is to prepare for the first official match, but we are going to play as if it were an official match, as if it were a final, because every time you wear the shirt of Atletico Madrid it is to give everything

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Saul Niguez after Atletico Madrid humiliated Real Madrid 7-3 at the International Champions Cup] We’re happy with the result. We played well since the first minute and we’ve proven that we’re a team, we’re all together and that’s very positive. When you wear Atletico de Madrid’s colours, you always have to give it your all. The new players have settled in very well and worked very hard

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[Saul Niguez has praised Hector Herrera’s attitude but acknowledged he has work to do to earn a starting place at Atletico Madrid] I think he’s amazing. People are surprised that he hasn’t been getting game time but, at the end of the day, you have to earn it. We saw the other day when he played in a different position. We have always set an example for him, because he keeps training very well and, as I said, he wants to listen and to learn. And despite the fact he’s an experienced player, he’s open-minded. In the dressing room, he’s a very good guy.

[Saul also gave a positive assessment of Atletico’s other new arrivals for 2019-20, including forward Ivan Saponjic, who joined the club from Benfica in July but is yet to feature] Renan Lodi and Kieran Trippier, they’re great at getting up and down the wing. They’re top players and they pose a real threat because they’re excellent at crossing. As for Felipe and Mario Hermoso, both of them are very experienced and top-class centre-backs, but their most salient and important feature – as with the rest of the signings – is that they have a willingness to learn and to listen, regardless of how experienced they may be. Joao Felix is getting more playing time than Saponjic but the same goes for him as the other lads. He’s always working hard in training, he’s a very strong guy when it comes to holding off defenders and creating space, and he has great movement in the box

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Saul Niguez has told former Atletico Madrid team-mate Antoine Griezmann that he can succeed anywhere] player of his level can succeed anywhere. He has to feel comfortable, important, happy, the only thing he’s after is enjoying football and if he’s not enjoying the position he’s playing or whatever, he won’t be at his best. He doesn’t just contribute on the pitch, at least not at Atletico. He’s happy, positive. He’s one of the players that is always good to have

Everyone will look for the best solution. He works hard, does his best for the team and if the coach decides if he should play on the left, he will do, and he will adapt to be one of the best on the left flank. He’s really good, he always sacrifices himself for the good of the team and I only have super positive things to say about Antoine

[On adapting to new surroundings] It happens at all teams. You don’t know the mechanisms, your team-mates, if a player wants it to feet or in space… they’re details that come in time. You can be happier because of the weather, the city, the family, but at the end of the day these are the things you have to adjust to and [Griezmann] will be more and more happy in Barcelona all the time

[Portuguese starlet Joao Felix was the man they turned to, with Saul impressed by a teenage forward snapped up for €126 million from Benfica] He has something different. Don’t forget he’s only 18, very young, but he’s won me over with his desire to learn, to improve, to learn and to contribute to the team. He’s adapting still and when he’s 100 per cent, you can demand more. Now he’s giving everything on the pitch, doing well for the team. Every time he gets the ball, he looks to the goal. He’s one of those different players

[Saul added to La Liga’s official website on the Rojiblancos new boys] The two full-backs Renan Lodi and Kieran Trippier, they’re great at getting up and down the wing, they’re top players and they pose a real threat because they’re excellent at crossing. They’re also adept at coming in from the flanks, so I think they’re real all-rounders. As for Felipe and Mario Hermoso, both of them are very experienced and top class centre-backs, but their most salient and important feature – as with the rest of the signings – is that they have a willingness to learn and to listen, regardless of how experienced they may be. I think it’s very positive that they’ve settled into the squad very well, as from the very first moment they’ve tried to adapt to things here.

Last but not least, there’s [Ivan] Saponjic and Joao Felix. Joao Felix is getting more playing time than Saponjic, but the same goes for him as the other lads – he’s always working hard in training, he’s a very strong guy when it comes to holding off defenders and creating space, and he has great movement in the box. I think we’ve signed players across the whole pitch, who aside from being talented footballers are great people who bring a lot to the dressing room. This is especially important given that over the summer a lot of veterans who were important to the squad moved on

2019 12 02 Retrieve

[Atletico’s Saul Niguez felt Messi was the biggest factor in the Catalan side’s 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday] The one who makes the difference is Leo. Because he is the one who gets it. Ter Stegen has managed to get a couple of balls, fortunately, although another has been with great quality. For me, the best has been Messi. We have played a great game, Barcelona has not had many chances, but when it appears Leo is able to do what he does with terrible ease, that’s why he is the best. The team has given everything, but what counts is the victory

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Saul Niguez admits concern about the way Atletico Madrid too often start matches slowly] We struggled a lot at the start. They created three chances and got the goal from the third. There have been many times this season when we haven’t started games well. I think the end of the first half and the beginning of the second were good, but they defended well. We didn’t manage to create clear chances despite getting to the byline several times. After the good run we were on, it’s a tough blow

2020 02 17 Retrieve

[Saul Niguez believes Atletico Madrid are capable of hurting Liverpool’s animals] You break them. There’s no memory in football: what you did yesterday is no use. We had a good run before Christmas then we fell away and it was hard. People wanted to kill us. Do I think it’s unfair? Honestly, yes. But it’s life. People whistle Cholo [Simeone], important players; the fans are demanding. If we win two or three games, it’ll change again. We know how we can hurt Liverpool, their strengths and weaknesses, and we always compete against big teams. We have to make the most of the home game. There will be an incredible atmosphere, more than ever

They have those perros de presa [hunting dogs] in the middle who run, press. It’s not just running for the sake of running: they do things that aren’t normal and it looks disordered but it’s ordered, mechanised. One comes out here and you think: ‘That’s mad, why’s he there?’ But the other man knows and comes from here.

Klopp said they play with their heart, but it’s planned too. One breaks out to press, wild, but they follow. It’s very hard to escape when they come at you like that. It’s incredible: they press like animals, because they know that even if they get turned there will be seven of them running like mad to get back. Liverpool are very complete, a great team in every area [but] they find it hardest when you’re deep because they’re very, very, very good in transition. I watched them against Norwich and if it wasn’t for [Sadio] Mané’s extraordinary control, they don’t win. They’ve won lots of games they could have drawn or lost, which tells you something about what they have inside. It’s not luck. It’s work, sacrifice, not giving up a single ball for lost

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Saul Niguez says Atletico Madrid’s win over Liverpool in the Champions League wasn’t the most difficult trip he has faced at the club] It was a very difficult match, but we already knew that. To be honest, it wasn’t the game in which I suffered the most. I didn’t feel we weren’t playing well. For instance, I remember when we faced Bayern Munich in Germany [in 2016]. I really suffered in that one, I thought to myself we wouldn’t come out alive! Whereas at Anfield, I had a lot of confidence in the team, I thought we were doing things well

It’s true they had a lot of chances an Jan was exceptional as always, and it’s true that at first we didn’t have as many chances as we would have wanted. But when they scored their first goal, we saw that they really came at us and left spaces at the back, which we could attack. Marcos Llorente, the hero of the day along with Jan, came on with fresh legs and was able to help Morata, who was also fresh, and the whole team. We needed them to hurt Liverpool on the break. I think that speaks volumes about the team, because it’s not only the starters who make the difference, it’s also the players coming on from the bench. We thought about the group, not about ourselves individually, which is maybe what sets us apart

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Atletico’s Saul Niguez makes ‘new club’ announcement amid Man Utd speculation] We have been developing this exciting and beautiful project for several years and I am very happy to be able to present it and make it official today

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Saul Niguez insisted Atletico Madrid remains his ‘home’ despite transfer speculation, revealing he has never spoken to any club over a potential move elsewhere] I see things on Instagram or in newspapers which you publish, but I haven’t heard anything from any club. I’m focused on finishing this season, achieving the objective [of finishing in the top four] and then dreaming about the Champions League. I have a long-term contract, which I signed because I want to stay here. I don’t have any problem staying here because my family are here, it’s my home. People say, ‘come out and deny it’, but then if you deny it and something happens, you look bad. I just stick to playing football and what has to happen will happen, I’m just focused on achieving Atletico’s target, which is to be in the top four, and then try to get the most desired target of the season