Diego Simeone elected as the best coach of the decade


▲ The Argentine, who has accumulated 502 games on the Atleti bench, is the most successful rojiblanco helmsman of the Madrid club with seven titles. Photo @Simeone

Europa Press and Afp

La Jornada newspaper
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, p. a10

Madrid. Diego Simeone, Atlético de Madrid coach, was chosen yesterday as the best club coach of the past decade, according to the International Federation of Soccer History and Statistics (IFFHS) and, at least this day, his team backed him with facts after imposing 2-0 against Sevilla to continue at the top of the Spanish League.

Cholo Simeone took the 2011-2020 title with 152 points, ahead of Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp. In this vote, the Top 20 of each year and their scores were considered. Guardiola added 144 points and Klopp 105.

In fourth place appears José Mourinho (91), followed by Maximiliano Allegri (77), Unai Emery (70), Zinedine Zidane (59), Carlo Ancelotti (57), Mauricio Pochettino (56), Marcelo Gallardo (56) and Antonio Conte (53).

Simeone, who has accumulated 502 games on the Atlético de Madrid bench, is the most successful Atletico coach in history with seven titles (one local tournament, two European leagues, two European Super Cup, one King’s Cup and one Spanish Super Cup. ). In total he has achieved 302 victories, 118 draws and 82 defeats at the mattress helm.

Atlético de Madrid, where Mexican Héctor Herrera plays – absent due to injury since December 12 – remains the firm leader after beating Sevilla in a postponed match on the first date of the Spanish championship.

More rested after not playing their league match against Athletic Bilbao last weekend due to the snowstorm that hit Madrid, the colchoneros went ahead when the Argentine Ángel Correa opened the scoring with a shot hit the post at minute 17, before that Saúl Ñíguez put the 2-0 at 75.

The Andalusian team was in control for a good part of the match, but crashed time and again in the iron-clad Atletico defense, which has only conceded six goals this season in the league. We knew that if we worked well defensively we had a lot of options to hurt, said Simeone.

Correa received a ball in the area and on the turn he released a tight shot to the post, which Sevillista goal Bono could not reach. The Moroccan goalkeeper of Sevilla made up for it shortly after by winning a heads-up against Uruguayan Luis Suárez.

The Andalusian pressure intensified in the second half, but Atlético endured the sevillistas onslaught and extended their account in a quick attack led by Marcos Llorente on the right to center the area, where Saúl controlled and scored the second goal.

Atlético is consolidated as the leader with 41 points, four ahead of Real Madrid (37), second-placed, although with two more games. Sevilla remains in sixth position (30) with three units ahead of Granada, which also beat Osasuna 2-0 this Tuesday. Colombian Luis Suárez opened the scoring for the Nasrid team at 22, before Osasunista goalkeeper Sergio Herrera scored on his own goal harassed by the Venezuelan of Granada Darwin Machís (45 + 1).

Granada did not have too many problems to dominate Osasuna in this match of the fourth round of the League, postponed because the Andalusian team was playing a preliminary phase match of the Europa League. The defeat keeps the red team sunk in the penultimate position of the league table.