In the football world, everyone is busy with coaches like Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola. United fans are busy chopping David Moyes’ head off! Leo Messi convincing Barcelona to bring in Tata Martino made a huge fuss. But none is paying attention to the former Argentine International Diego Simeone who has taken the new “third horse” of La Liga to a new level.
Atletico Madrid won the Europa League two years ago. They have been quite competitive since then. They won the Copa Del Rey defeating the mighty Real Madrid a couple of months back but this season, without their superstar of last couple of years, Radamel Falcao, they have raised their game to the next level. Atletico are 2nd in the league with 40 points, equal to the league leaders Barcelona and are 3 points ahead of their neighbours Real Madrid. Atletico lost the Spanish Super Cup only by the away goals rule to Barcelona. Football club Barcelona couldn’t beat Atletico in their last two encounters. Atletico have been victorious over Real Madrid on both occasions when they have been to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Diego Simeone chipped in player like David Villa for reasonable transfer fees. With no big superstars, the team is still performing tight and have already qualified for the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Diego Costa, the native Brazilian has been a prolific goal scorer this season for Atletico.
Apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid, Atletico are the third contender of the La Liga this season.And the credit must go to their manager Diego Simeone. Atletico play good attacking football. And they are solid in defence as well. They have conceded lesser than their rival Real Madrid this season. Their Champions League performance is brilliant.
All we have to see is if Simeone brings in new players in the January summer window or does he stick with the current bunch of players he has. In both cases, a real threat for the League title is inevitable from Diego Simeone’s side this season