In the aftermath of Wednesday’s 2-0 thrashing of Juventus, coach of Atletico Madrid—Diego Simeone—has described himself as a goal-getter.
The Argentina international who has established himself as one of the best coaches in global football said he was basking in the euphoria of joy for Atletico’s Champions League victory against Los Blancos when a friend on social media asked if he was “Cholista.”
‘Yesterday, my WhatsApp chat with a fan led to the question and I replied, “well, what else can I say? I can’t be anything else but that.”’
Atletico has been a force to reckon with in global football. Their historical performances against La Liga giants like Barcelona and Real Madrid prove Simeone’s quality as a world-class coach. Rojiblancos have been in top-flight football for some years and the Argentine’s reputation can only get better with their recent victory against The Old Lady.
Talking about the club’s history, Simeone noted that past achievements serve as a source of inspiration for his team.
‘Looking at what we had before, we can’t stop thinking about the future,’ he said. This does not, however, mean that Atletico are infallible. But Simeone’s critics, including the doubtful fan, can only sit back and enjoy upcoming games on their TV or at the club’s football arena (Estadio Wanda Metropolitano).
‘Atletico is synonymous with emotional football and that’s what I represent…Looking at the pre-match analysis, pundits and predictions didn’t favour us.’
The former Argentina international midfielder continued, ‘They said we would be eliminated in the first round but we responded with big surprises—displaying courage and heart in such a crucial game…It was memorable.
‘Our fans and team knew that the 90 minutes in Turin wouldn’t be easy because Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates were expected to square up with the challenge and defend their colours. Our defeat against the Serie A champions, sorry to insist, is worth celebrating because the only thing they know is how to win—and they’ve been doing it season after season since January 2012.
‘Atletico won against Juventus because we believe in our abilities…Winning is in our blood—nothing else to add.’