Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that has is a keen admirer of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.
“I have great admiration for him. He is someone who does not change his style because of defeat or victory,” Ancelotti was quoted as saying by Goal.
“That puts him on a different level from other coaches. He has enormous experience, has handled all of his teams well and they all speak highly of him.”
Real Madrid will take on their cross city rivals in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.
The reigning Champions League title holders beat Atleti 4-1 in last seasons final.
The Rojiblancos have faired better recently against Real. Simeone’s side have not lost against the Spanish giants in their last six meetings.
Turkish international Arda Turan is expected to start against Real on Tuesday.
Turan became the first Turkish born player to win the La Liga as Atleti won their first league title since 1996 last season.