The first friendly of the preseason of the
Atlético de Madrid before him Numantia It left a great breath of fresh air, because the rojiblancos fans were able to see many of the most interesting homegrown players that the rojiblanco team currently has.
Up to 15 new homegrown players played in the match of The Burgo de Osma. And many of them left great sensations. The goal was Mario Soriano
, in a great play of Giuliano
Simeone, youngest son of Cholo, in which he fought a ball that looked like it was going nowhere to yield it to the penalty spot with a gesture of intelligence quality from Camel to let it pass.
Although the Athletic he had to go to the penalty shoot-out to win the tournament for another year, the truth is that the homegrown players responded in the best way and many of them shone. An intensity in the game that was no coincidence because Simeone He had been mentalizing the kids since the beginning of the preseason.
And it is that being an atypical first phase of preparation, with just half a dozen players from the first team at the start of the preseason, the protagonism has been for the boys.
And the Cholo It has been very clear what the message had to be so that they understand what it means to defend the first shirt of the Athletic. “The other day I was talking about it with the boys … We started the preseason with five or six professionals and I told them: ‘Many of those who participate are going to represent the Athletic in the first four friendly matches. And when he plays Athletic he plays Athletic, the name does not matter and you have to represent it in the best way. ‘ We are enthusiastic about the fact that these guys can be important in the history of the Athletic sometime. That makes us excited ”, acknowledged the Argentine coach in As.
“The style can vary but never the essence. We play friendlies, you have to win. We have started the preseason with four professionals and only boys. They will play four friendlies. There are no names, you have to win. We prepare people to understand it ”, he added in Brand.
DEMAND AND COMPETITIVENESS
And those were the slogans, winning and pride in wearing the rojiblanca. Ingredients that the homegrown players put on the grass as you could see. And it is that, during these years, that currency has been non-negotiable for Simeone. And is that the demand and competitiveness have always been two of the pillars of this team. And those who come from behind have to assimilate it from the beginning.
“We have the idea of thinking about match by match, let’s play friendlies, Europa League, Champions League… We have the illusion of defending the shirt of the Atlético de Madrid and no music is going to surpass that illusion. I always interpret matches in the same way. No matter what competition it is, we have to value the jersey we wear. Whether it is a friendly match, Champions, League … always play with the same intention “, he reviewed a few years ago.