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Atletico players follow Simeone 'like a god'
Being devoted followers of Simeone is leading Atletico players to right destination
By PAUL LOGOTHETIS
Associated Press
2014-05-24 03:01 AM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- Atletico Madrid's players are ready to follow Diego Simeone wherever he tells them to go.

So far it's leading them to exactly the places they want to be.

Atletico midfielder Tiago Mendes says, "he's like a god for us. He arrived to the club and he changed everything. What he says to us comes true. We follow him, so if he asks us to go and jump from the bridge, we jump."

Simeone has been the guiding force behind Atletico's success this season, which already includes a Spanish league trophy. The club could add the Champions League title when it plays Real Madrid in Saturday's final, which captain Gabi Fernandez calls "the most important match in the club's history.

Simeone says "I found a group of players that has allowed me and my coaching staff to improve. We've been able to transmit our ideas to them."

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