“I want an aggressive and combative team”

Diego Simeone was presented at the Vicente Calderón by Cerezo and Caminero

Diego Simeone (Clubatleticodemadrid.com)

Diego Simeone (Clubatleticodemadrid.com)

On Thursday afternoon Diego Pablo Simeone was presented as new coach of Atlético de Madrid.

He was presented to the press by Enrique Cerezo and José Luis Caminero in a press conference at the Vicente Calderón.

Simeone put pen to paper on a deal that ties him to the Manzanares club until the summer of 2013.

The 41-year old was escorted by his wife, sons – including Giovanni – and his new assistant, Germán ‘Mono’ Burgos.

Cerezo welcomed the prodigal son – who starts his third spell at the club, but his first as manager – and spoke of yet another cycle for the club, which we seem to go through at least twice most seasons.

“I was so fortunate to be at Atleti while Diego was a player and now I’ve got the luck to welcome him as new coach of the club. Welcome home.”

“Today is a happy day for all Atléticos, because with his appointment we are starting a new cycle at Atlético de Madrid”, the club president added.

“He was here during a glorious time, he’s one of the heroes from the Doblete and, most of all, we believe that with his great character we can be where we want to be, among the top teams in Spanish football.”

After he received the best of luck by Caminero, the floor was then given to Simeone. He started by thanking the people that have given him this opportunity, before speaking about his new challenge.

“I’ll always remember my time here as a player. It’s an enormous honour to return here as a coach and I’ll give the team the arms to finish la Liga in the best possible position. The responsibility is huge and I know that comes with a big club like Atlético. It doesn’t scare me, on the contrary, it motivates me.”

“We’re looking for the best way to make the players that we have available function. I want to see an aggressive, strong, combative and determined team.”

The Argentine coach then spoke of his players, who he’ll first meet on Thursday.

“I’ll start by talking to them, to try and solve the weaknesses shown by the team and to build on the good things that have been done. There are always good things to build on. We strongly believe in these players that we have available.”

When asked about José Antonio Reyes, who is still a target for Sevilla, the Argentine said:

“Two or three days ago we talked with the directors and Caminero. I think that Atlético has very important players, like Reyes, Arda, Adrián, Falcao and Diego. They are all at this club and they all deserve attention.”

“I like players who want to be at the place where they work so hard for to get.”

“We talked, we want to have the best [players] available and Reyes is a major player. I hope we can resolve this situation and that we can make use of all that players we have.”

A big challenge awaits Simeone, as his first match in charge is the away trip to Málaga. The coach will make his debut on the bench on the 7th of January in La Rosaleda.

 

A lack of mental strength and character has often seemed exactly what Atlético lacked these last years. Do you think that “Cholo” Simeone will be able to create a well functioning machine out of all these prima donnas?

 


  • Ringo

    Looks like he’s rapping up there

  • Veiko

    It would be great news if Reyes stays and get a good relationship with Simeone. It looks like the main reason he wanted to leave in the first place was Manzano.
    It would be awful seeing him play with Hijo de puta Sevilistas

  • Javi Lozoya

    He is a very hardworking manager, good tactician, very motivational, very disciplined, because we’re lacking a good discipline among other things and I think the with him the teams is gonna have a good self-esteem and is gonna be very combative.
    And whether the team is gonna be aggressive and offensive I have my doubts, Simeone is not know for being a propositive and creative coach, he is conservative and efficient, in other words he likes to keep it simple and that’s what we need at the moment, some stability in defense and the midfield, and forget about playing “beautiful” and posses ion football, we need to win matches regardless of how the team plays, and Simeone is gonna make this team work.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Simeone says his ideal scheme is 4-3-1-2, with three midfielders, an attacking midfielder and 2 strikers, that’s gonna left a lot of questions regarding where is Arda going to feature,probably as one of those three midfielders, also, who are gonna be the other 2 midfielders joining Turan, I think Assuncao and Koke should be starters, but honestly I don’t know which players Simeone has in mind, hopefully he choses the best players we have and doesn’t do weird improvisations like Manzano.
    The 4-3-1-2 scheme is not a bad choice although I prefer a 4-4-2, with a double pivot, or a single DM and attacking midfielder, two wingers and 2 strikers, but anyways, I hope Simeone creates a very good team because it’s time to see some results and some victories.
    Grande Cholo!, hopefully he guides us back to sucesss.

  • Ringo

    I think the team should play 4-3-1-2, but one of the two strikers should be having sort of a free role, which both Adrian and Salvio are capable of, I guess. Falcao as the main striker then.

    Diego seems to be the logical answer for the CAM question and Arda should be tried as one of the midfielders, perhaps hanging a bit on the left side (his partnership with Filipe is amazing).
    Koke is my favourite deep lying playmaker and I’d play him in the most central role. His best partner will probably be Assuncao, for his defensive skills, but a new one, perhaps more physical (and younger) seems better, altough moneyspending isn’t too great.
    Whoever does partner Koke on his right side, should play very close to him, for the dirty work.

    Since Arda will probably hang on the left side, I think the ‘free’ striker should start on Falcao’s right.
    When the team is farther in its progress they can switch sides, but I wouldn’t do that right now.

    With the midfielders closer to eachother and Diego in front of them, I think there could be some great combinations between them 🙂

  • Javi Lozoya

    At this point I suppose most of you know Simeone is keen in bringing Jose Sosa to Atletico Madrid. Sosa is a good player but he hasn’t been quite successful playing in Europe. He played for Bayern München and Napoli without really having much success, he didn’t establish himself at either one or another team. Recently he is having good performances at his current club Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine, Metalist has qualified for the Europa League rounds of 32 after winning their group, group G undefeated, and Sosa has been an instrumental player in their campaign, playing in all of 6 matches Metalist has played, scoring 2 goals in the process.
    Now, according to the Spanish press Simeone wants Sosa at Atletico de Madrid because he (Simeone) managed Sosa at Estudiantes where the 2 of them were crowned champions after 23 years of absence of the La Plata outfit, that’s was one of Sosa’s highest turning points in his career, he scored 1 goal in the final againts Boca to become champion with Estudiantes.
    And while I think Sosa is a good player, he hasn’t been quite a regular player in Europe, until now at Metalist, he has just barely turned into a consistent player, and I think will be risky to sign him, since he has been with two great important teams twice (Bayern and Napoli) in two very important leagues (Bundesliga and Serie A) and he hasn’t been really quite an outstanding player in neither of those teams, so honestly, it would be risky to signed him because of that, but if Simeone thinks Sosa can perform good with Atletico and help the team, then Sosa is more than welcome at Atleti.

  • leika

    So that Giovanni Simeone is gonna start playing in our youth system now? I think all Atleti needs is fighting spirit and true warriors on the field and I think Diego is capable of making that happen as he seems like a bit agressive (in a good way) manager who likes to talk to the players a lot. Also I think that Reyes should stay, dont buy Pizzi and instead buy a new young DM. I guess we are going to see a lot of Salvio in the near future as he is also an argentine.

  • Edletico

    Sosa was meant to be good under Simeone though, much like how Reyes improved under Quique. Could prove a clever singing. The other targets that are rumoured that I heard he wants are: Teofali Gutierez, M’Vila, Taarabt and ofcourse Torres

  • falcao

    there are some rumours about KOKE it says that Getafe,Vallecano and Mallorca are ineterested in him

  • Javi Lozoya

    leika, Gio Simeone has now signed a pro contract with River Plate worth about 15M, so bringing him to the Calderon isn’t gonna be an easy task, although I really want to see him play with Atleti soon.

  • Javi Lozoya

    But if Sosa arrives, one of either Salvio and Miranda are gonna have to leave since Sosa doesn’t has an EU passport, also, Sosa plays like an attacking midfielder, he plays on both wings too, but he has played mostly as an attacking midfielder and his arrival could also mean the departure of Diego.

  • Edletico

    Diego could easily play CM. Apparently his other formation is 4231 so both Turan and Reyes could fit that formation, if one is injured then the other could play the AM role in the 4312. I guess Sosa would cover for those 2 and Diego

  • javi

    Unless we sell Reyes I dont see us signing anyone, much less someone with a passport issue.

  • Javi Lozoya

    The press says that’s what Simeone wants, he managed Sosa before and it seems he likes the way he plays.

  • Urban

    The only position we need to strenghten is CM, and this only if at least 2 of our current CMs leave so prolly this will have to wait until summer.

  • Javi

    I would trade Mario and Gabi or Tiago for a single good Midfielder

  • Javi

    Mundodeportivo.com reports that Torres is going to Barca to replace injured Villa for six months in exchange for three canteranos!

  • Javi Lozoya

    We need a right back because Silvio doesn’t want to get operated and he is not playing at his full capacity.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Dia de los inocentes Javi, Torres isn’t going to Barcelona because Barca doesn’t play with center forwards, Torres could play as right or left winger too but it’s too good to be true, besides Cuenca is doing great for the 1st team and so does Sergi Roberto and Montoya for Barcelona B, so this is only a fake rumor I believe.

  • 7th

    no taarabat for me, if simeone is askinf for a few players, then i see koke or assuncao is sold.

  • Javi

    Javi L, i dont believe it either because Barsa loves its canteranos and in this deal the would be giving up three of their best for six months of Torres, doesn’t make sense

  • Javi

    I would also sell Godin to Chelsea and replace him with Caceres from Sevilla, and would sell Juanfran also

  • falcao
  • falcao

    and what do you think abou Alesio Cerci from Fiorentina he is great RW or LW
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCUlFCzlsdA

  • leika

    what about Franco Zuculini (DM) or Oscar Sielva (DM)?

  • javi

    Falcao, those guys look good but I think our forwards are all set. We need reinforcements in the midfield and the defense.

  • javi

    leika, Zuculini looks good, but does ha have EU pp? But i’d really like to see someone with a few more years experience.

  • ali_

    no offense, but why do you always asking bout players we (i mean the club) not even interested in? i just dont get it. 🙂

    btw im not really impressed by simeones choices… maxi lópez? sosa? imho they are mediocre players for already covered positions.

  • Javi

    ali, because its good to fantasize about who we would contract if it was up to us. Plus we all think we know more than the professionals.

  • falcao

    javi, i agree with you 100%

  • leika

    ali, I guess just too much fifa manager 😀

  • Javi Lozoya

    At least we’re making conversation out of possible players we would like to see at Atleti, it’s obviously useless and it’s has no point but that’s a method of conversation.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Simeone’s priority is a CM, DM, not a forward not a winger, at this point obviously he knows we are lacking a good box-to-box midfielder, someone who is capable of defending and attacking properly, and since Simeone himself was a magnificent defensive midfielder I think that he wants to improve that area because we’re having LOTS of trouble in that spot, and I believe that Simeone indeed wants a DM, or CM, the questions is who is going to be that player and if the board is gonna actually agree and grant Simeone’s requests.

  • Javi Lozoya

    In case you guys didn’t knew Fran Merida is returning from Braga, because there’s no place for him in the Portuguese team. This was announced like a week ago in the Portuguese press.
    Merida is a promising player lately but he has been stuck in the promising player zone, he is 21 years old now and he has perform below expectations, and so now that he is returning to Atleti I think it would be good for him to be loaned away, because frankly I don’t think he is gonna solve any of our problems in the midfield.

  • leika

    And sometimes if I ask an opinion on someone who’s not on Atletis wishlist, I want to know what do you generally think of the player and his potential for the future. As I dont live in Spain myself, I often dont know about the future stars growing up there and would hope you are more familiar with the homegrown players. Im just curious, you know 🙂 And estimating future talents has become a kind of a hobby for me.

  • Javi Lozoya

    It’s good to know that Leika. I’ll gladly share my opinion to you about young players. I myself like to follow promising young future talents worldwide, I follow both Latin American players, and European, I also follow African and Asian players, it gets difficult to follow players from this continents because they’re not as popular as both the Americas and Europe but there are some talented players in both Africa and Asia.

  • Edletico

    Agreed, do you know about Soloman Obama, think that is his name, in the academy? Isn’t he meant to be special?

  • Derek Maaijen

    We had a Cantera Spotlight feature on Salomon Obama a while back, he has shown a lot of potential. He’s actually playing with Atleti in a major youth tournament as we speak, his team is in the semi finals.

  • javi

    Yes I actually find it very interesting when you guys mention players because many times I’ve never heard of them before and I can learn something.

  • Javi Lozoya

    About Zuculini (Franco) he is an interesting player but you should check out his younger brother Bruno Zuculini, he is a very promising player right now, our current manager Simeone, managed him at Racing de Avellaneda.
    I’ve seen some matches of Franco Zuculini, at both Hoffenheim and Zaragoza, and he hasn’t really being oustanding in both teams, probably because the Bundesliga is not an easy league overall and it gets even more difficult for young players like Zuculini to found success, the language, the climate, are difficult to deal with for young players and more often for South american players, also luck plays a important part in pretty much everything and Zuculini hasn’t beem lucky at all.
    And at Zaragoza, well, we all know they almost always struggle to NOT get relegated and that’s another tough environment to deal with, it’s a lot of pressure, mostly negative pressure, your team plays for relegation it’s not good and not nice scenario for a young player like Zuculi to be part of, he is a good player but he needs to be in an environment which is good for him and his playing style and neither Hoffenheim, Genoa and Zaragoza where the ideal teams for Zuculini.

  • Edletico

    Cheers Derek, are there any other players to look out for in that team?

  • Javi Lozoya

    Edletico, I know quite a bit about Salomon Obama, he also has a brother Federico, but speaking solely about Salomon he is a very promising young forward, he is about 11 years old, plays in the Alevin Division which is for little kids around the age of 10 and 11, last year, Atletico Alevin scored around 153 goals in a tournament and Salomon scored like 38 goals in 19 matches, very promising indeede but we are talking about a 11 year old kid, he is gonna need time to develop physically and mentally obviously, but he is very promising.
    Also, supposedly he supports Madrid and went to do tryouts with them and they didn’t accepted him, something Atleti did.

  • Derek Maaijen

    He’s got a brother, Fede, who also seems promising. I added a video of one of their games from today, check out the right column >>
    They play the semi final against Real tomorrow afternoon. I find it quite amazing that Spanish television broadcasts all of this, just goes to show the importance of youth football in Spain.

  • Javi Lozoya
  • falcao

    maybe this is our new Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

  • Javi Lozoya

    I wish, hopefully he is fortunate and becomes an important player in the future.

  • k14

    If salvio or Reyes gets sold, then we should go for krasic, looks like juve don’t want him anymore.
    I believe krasic was seria A best player last season in my opinion.

    And will be able to get him at discount price.

  • Gert

    Seems he has a better first touch than Falcao 🙂