Spanish website SportYou revealed some details about Atlético’s pre-game motivational tactics ahead of their match against Osasuna.
Rojiblanco boss and ex-club legend Diego Simeone tapped veteran midfielder Tiago to serve as the squad’s captain in Pamplona, a decision he assured afterwards was a personal one made by him.
Before the clash got underway Monday night, the Portuguese skipper reportedly addressed each one of his fellow starters individually in the dressing room tunnel, repeating, up to ten times, one word: “Hombres” or, in English, “Men”.
Tiago grabbed his team-mates by the head one-by-one, and over-and-over again, looking them squarely in the eyes, with a ritual-like chant, reminded them of their manly virtues.
The players of course, went on to heroically and fearlessly conquer their physically overpowering Rojillo foes at their own Reyno de Navarra fortress.
If at this point you aren’t inspired to go kick some ass, you might have to schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor about a potential testosterone deficiency.