Simeone relishing new challenge

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has challenged some of his squad to step up as they prepare to lose a chunk of their team.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has challenged some of his squad to step up as they prepare to lose a chunk of their team.

The Spanish outfit have had to deal with departures over the years but this summer appears to be one of the busiest for the club.

Lucas Hernandez, Luciano Vietto, Bernard Mensah, Juanfran and Diego Godin have all left the club, while Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa are also being linked with the exit door.

Simeone is confident his team can handle the transition but he has challenged some of his squad to step up.

He told Fox Sports: ‘It’s a difficult transitional moment, but we have great enthusiasm.

‘It’s a continuous challenge and today we are faced with one because big players who have given a lot to the club are leaving.

‘We want Atletico to compete again as we have done so far.

‘Now we are preparing the likes of Oblak, Saul, Gimenez to transition into becoming leaders.

They are not the same as the others were, you have to look how to empower them and convince them.’

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