Tagged: Diego Simeone

How Atletico Madrid were rebuilt from debt ridden club to third Spanish giant – ESPN FC

How Atletico Madrid were rebuilt from debt ridden club to third Spanish giant – ESPN FC

From the top down Atletico have progressed exponentially. I didn’t realize Peter Kenyon was helping them as well. The signing of Gaitan would be one more step in their attacking evolution. I hope Atletico can keep this up

Diego Simeone’s magic touch keeps Atletico Madrid in contention

What the Signing of Nicolas Gaitan Means for Atletico Madrid Next Season

Why Atletico Madrid Is Pep Guardiola’s Biggest Test at Bayern Munich | Bleacher Report

Why Atletico Madrid Is Pep Guardiola’s Biggest Test at Bayern Munich | Bleacher Report

It will be such a fascinating tactical battle between these two sides. Atletico may even be favorites considering what they did to Barcelona. It will be a tight tie from start to finish.

Diego Simeone v Pep Guardiola: the defensive master faces the great creator

Diego Simeone Facing First Hints of Backlash at ‘Negative’ Atletico Madrid Style | Bleacher Report

Diego Simeone Facing First Hints of Backlash at ‘Negative’ Atletico Madrid Style | Bleacher Report.

Good article. There has been a hitch in recent times but if Diego Simeone’s as good a manager as we all suspect then he’ll figure out a way to fix things.

Diego Simeone should consider his Atletico Madrid future – ESPN FC

Diego Simeone should consider his Atletico Madrid future – ESPN FC.

Good read here and some good points brought up by the author. I think Simeone should stay though, as Atletico Madrid look ready to be a constant challenger. This season has seen a bit of a drop they are still a team to contend with.

It does look like he will sign a new contract anyways.

Diego Simeone system supreme again as Atletico humiliate Real Madrid writes Graham Hunter – ESPN FC

Diego Simeone system supreme again as Atletico humiliate Real Madrid writes Graham Hunter – ESPN FC.

If anyone somehow still doubted Diego Simeone’s capabilities then they got their answer over the weekend.

He’s transformed this Atletico Madrid team wonderfully and I think they’ve shown this season they are here to stay. I don’t think they’ll get silverware this year though. They are already out of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League is a coin toss. Not sure if lightning will strike twice in La Liga but it went down to the wire last season so it may just happen again.

I don’t think Simeone will go anywhere anytime soon either but who knows. He’s improved a team and individual players and if he gets Fernando Torres some sort of form that would be even further prove of his skills. Good manager.

La Liga: Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone are fueled by fresh rejection and derision – ESPN FC

La Liga: Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone are fueled by fresh rejection and derision – ESPN FC.

Very interesting look article here from Graham Hunter on ESPNFC.  A look into the psychological side of things from a managerial view, with the focus on Atletico Madrid. Not much else to say except that it’s definitely worth a read.

Lisbon A Week Later and My Association with Wanderers

Okay, so I finally got to sit down and watch the Champions League finals from start to finish.

From a defensive standpoint, Atletico was so unlucky to lose that game. They made things tough for a Madrid side that only really started to dominate towards the end of the game.

Depth is certainly the issue Diego Simeone has to fix during the summer. Things may have been different if the club had been able to bring on someone of a higher caliber than Adrian to replace Diego Costa.

The game itself wasn’t overly exciting until Madrid’s late push but, as with the FA Cup finals,  the result was basically inevitable once the favoured team scored the equalizer.

Taking a look a turn to look at players, Cristiano Ronaldo reminded me why I dislike him as a footballer with his celebration. It doesn’t matter what the reasoning may have been. He may have come off an injury but he did little in the game to call for that reaction. It definitely made me chuckle when Gareth Bale, despite some woeful misses, packed more of a punch through the match, and scored the eventual winner.

For anyone still not convinced by what was a pretty impressive debut season, Bale basically ended any further doubt that he’s worthy of wearing a Madrid shirt with his winner. Especially when you add that to his Copa Del Rey winner, sans Ronaldo, against Barcelona. I doubt many will ever be convinced about him being worth his €91m fee though.

Iker Casillas, my favourite goalkeeper despite his Real Madrid ties, is, as Michael Cox notes in the article posted above, certainly a cause for concern for Spain heading into the World Cup. It’s obvious his decrease in playing time, having to contend with Diego Lopez, has affected his confidence and decision-making.

In all its a, grudging, congrats from me to Madrid for “La Decima.”

And as a slight aside, let’s head in a different direction all together.

I just randomly thought of something a lot of football fans probably contend with as well. Maybe. Does anyone else have that one, or two, or three teams they have an interest in outside of their favourite? I do.

For me, one of those teams is  Bolton Wanderers.

Why?

Their signing of Ricardo Gardner after his performances for Jamaica during the 1998 World Cup.

Well, him and Jay-Jay Okocha.

My interest in the club has been there since Gardner touched down on British shores in 1998 and donned a Bolton shirt. Gardner made over 400 appearances for the British side while playing a number of positions.

Gardner didn’t make that many appearances without reason, and he showed his talent on plenty of occasions. He did that while playing along the aforementioned Okocha, as well as Ivan Campo, Fernando Hierro, Gary Speed, Youri Djorkaeff and plenty others.

I’m by no means as invested in Bolton as I am with Arsenal, or even Barcelona, but I have kept an eye on the club throughout those years. Especially when they’ve been in the Premier League.

There are many other smaller teams I hope do well, except when they are playing Arsenal, but my association with Bolton has gone on the longest.

Here’s to hoping the Trotters make it back to the Premier League.

Coach of the year: Has anyone transformed a club like Simeone at Atletico? – Goal.com

Coach of the year: Has anyone transformed a club like Simeone at Atletico? – Goal.com.

It’s an interesting question, isn’t it? The answer seems to be no, and that’s backed up pretty well by the ideas in the article.