A smile filled Simeone’s face. Never been so much. He just had a peaceful birthday after going through the most difficult moment with Atletico since taking charge of the team in 2011. Atletico went through a 5-match winless streak, being eliminated early in the Champions League but fortunately the World Cup. come change everything. A month’s worth of time eating, sleeping, watching football, contemplating and Simeone found the solution.
Atletico regained its inherent strength despite the fact that more players left in the winter transfer window than came. Felix, Cunha and Felipe are gone, and Doherty has only played 12 minutes and Depay is injured again after gradually getting the official position.
But the spirit and energy of the team changed completely. And doubts about Simeone leaving Atletico at the end of the season also disappeared. The standing ovation at the Civitas Metropolitano on the club’s birthday last Wednesday confirmed Simeone as one of the most important figures in Atletico’s history.
“What makes me proud is the ability to turn things around when things are bad, like the period right before the World Cup,” Simeone said after beating Mallorca, his seventh win in the last eight rounds.
“The results weren’t what we expected and we couldn’t get out. And with the holidays coming, it’s time for us to look back on what we’ve accomplished in the past 11 years, the collective spirit, the defensive strength, the tremendous development of many players, the improvement of the manager and the improvement of the team. companionship of those who have not contributed much in phase one”.
“When the solution was found, the results were much better.”
“I have always had a mindset and have become more and more aware of it after many years as a player and coach. To feel and love this club, you have to understand it and the moment you understand it, you become part of the club. If you don’t understand, it’s better not to come to this club.”
Simeone’s Atletico have never been outside the Top 3 in La Liga
If Simeone’s Atletico can overcome Real (the team is only 2 points ahead of them), to take the 2nd place overall, it will be the 3/11 times that Simeone has fully led the season, Atletico won the runner-up. Atletico have also won La Liga twice and finished 6 other times in the Top 3. They have never dropped from the medal podium.