El Chocho’s Revolution

By | November 6, 2013

The last time Aletico Madrid won La Liga Diego Simeone took the field to captain his side to glory, now on the other side of the locker room, Simeone has led to charge to a rejuvenated Atletico MAdrid side.  Atletico has always been known for its long list of talented attackers, Forlan, Falcao Aguero,  but they have also been known for having a flimsy defense. Now, the defense that has been criticized a lot over the years has been made a brick wall by Simeone. The change in the attitude of Madrid’s players have been sparked by Simeone’s passion. For the past decade, Atletico has been the second best team in Madrid, now Atletico is a force to be reckoned with throughout Europe.

Real Madrid CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga

Diego Simeone is only 43, yet already the tough Argentinian is demonstrating a trait that is only seen in the best of managers, the likes of Guardiola, Ferguson and Mourinho.

Since joining Atletico Madrid as coach in December 2011, Simeone has transformed a suffering, mid-table club  into one with a killer instinct. When ‘El Cholo’ was appointed, Atleti were in dire straits: without a domestic trophy since 1996, going through 4 managers in 10 years and each player accepting defeat.  Look at Atletico now,  the mindset has completely changed. In less than two years, the Argentinian has reversed the defeatist streak, winning the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey in the process. This season, Atleti have won 11 of 12 league games and top their Champions League group with a 100% win record. Simeone has turned them into the epitome of winners.


The players are behind him a 100%. His inspirational, never die attitude has been embraced by the team. “We are not a team of individuals,” midfielder Arda Turan said. “We are a collective group of hard working players who always want the best for the team. We battle for every ball during every minute of each match and you can see even in training matches that nobody wants to lose. We have a great team spirit, like a family.” “Every match is a final for us,” enthuses Turan. “We take every game as it comes and approach it with the mentality of a final and see what happens. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have big ambitions, I can assure you we do.” Arda Turan is an example of a player who has become a revelation of who he was, since arriving under Simeone. Another example is Diego Costa, who with the departure of Falcao has been forced to take the reigns as goalscorer and he has truly delivered. Diego is currently third in the Golden Boot race scoring a total of 17 goals this year, he is the most prolific striker in Europe’s top flight, after the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.


Simeone has brought glory to the Atleti faithful, but will a La Liga title come anytime soon? Does he have a chance in putting his name amongst the manager greats? In the current form Atletico is in, the sky is there limit.


One thought on “El Chocho’s Revolution

  1. Kavin Tamizhmani

    Although Atletico has been in the shadows of Real Madrid for years, these fine performances so far from the club are great for football in general. By reducing the parity created by Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, smaller teams like Atletico have the potential to demonstrate that finances do not fully dictate the outcomes of matches and team success in all situations. Atletico has a fine crop of players and focuses more on player development. They emphasize good coaching and team unity over superstar quality. Even after losing the likes of Martinez and Falcao, 2 world class players, the club is still going forward this season without the need for great rebuilding efforts. This situation is similar to Borussia Dortmund which has traditionally been overlooked due to the dominance of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Dortmund’s run to the Champions League final illustrates the unpredictability in soccer and the value in developing homegrown talent as opposed to expensive purchases in the transfer market. It remains to be seen how far these teams progress in the Champions League or whether they can win their domestic leagues, but it will sure be an interesting race to the finish as they try to unseat the usual powerhouses in European football during a World Cup year when a global audience is paying attention to their club successes.


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