Diego Simeone: 'Transfer ban has improved Atletico Madrid'

Simeone: 'Transfer ban has improved us'
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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says that his side have "turned a negative situation into a positive one" by improving in spite of their transfer ban.

Diego Simeone has claimed that being handed a FIFA-imposed transfer ban has proved to be a blessing in disguise for his Atletico Madrid side.

The world football governing body has blocked the Rojiblancos from bringing in new players throughout 2017 after upholding a ban put in place for breaching the rules over the transfer of foreign players under the age of 18.

Atletico continued their impressive start to the campaign by overcoming Sevilla 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday afternoon, however, lifting them up to second place in the table after six games.

Simeone believes that his squad has improved in quality as a result of the ban, as he has been given a chance to get the best out of those currently at the club.

"We have turned a negative situation into a positive one," he told reporters. "Not being able to sign has made us focus on making the players that we have even stronger: Thomas [Partey], Luciano [Vietto], Lucas [Hernandez], [Angel] Correa. That has given us the chance to compete well. There is more competition for places now."

Atletico are close to agreeing a deal for Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who will join Atletico in January along with former Sevilla winger Vitolo.

Chelsea's Diego Costa in action during the FA Cup final against Arsenal on May 27, 2017
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