Valencia player Mario Suarez admits that Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is a good man but adds that the Argentine has a few bad points as a football tactician.
The defensive midfielder who had stints with Valladolid, Celta, and Mallorca, said there were a few things he didn’t fancy about his former boss Simeone before he moved away from Atletico Madrid.
Image shows Diego Simeone and Mario Suarez.
Suarez, 29, arrived Fiorentina after leaving El Calderon. He later played for Watford before moving on to Valencia.
According to a report from Football Espana, the Spaniard who’s currently on loan from Watford to Valencia revealed that lack of time forced him into wishing to leave Atleti but the management posed an obstacle to his dreams.
For a player who made it to the club’s first team from Atletico Madrid B (2004-2006) and played a huge role in the club’s 2014 La Liga win, leaving the club after 5 years (2010-2015) was a very hard decision.
“There were a few things about El Cholo which I didn’t like, but then I’m sure there were things he didn’t like about me,” explained Suarez on Cadena Cope.
“I have always said that he is the best coach I have ever had; I learned a lot from him and all of my memories are good ones. When I signed for Valencia Simeone sent me a message to congratulate me and so everything’s fine.
“The point came when I decided I wanted to leave but they wouldn’t let me. When I was getting regular games I got called up by Spain and I know that was something which I obviously wanted to give some continuity to – the kind of continuity I was getting at Atleti; but Simeone wouldn’t let me go.
“I could have joined Inter, but El Cholo wouldn’t let me, he played me in the next game and after that I went a while without getting a game. Now I am getting regular run-outs at Valencia to have a chance of showing the player I am.”
Surprisingly, Suarez, who was lucky to find the net twice against Sporting Gijon on Sunday, revealed that his father was far from being impressed.
The player’s father is a Sporting fan so it’s understandable why he wasn’t happy that his son scored two goals against him for the first time.