In line with their recent push to keep prized assets at the club, Atletico Madrid have extended coach Simeone’s contract till 2022.
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Having been coy on his long term future at the club for the past few years, while worrying fans with flirtacious Inter Milan comments from his camp, Simeone finally put ink to paper, allowing Athleti fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
The Argentinian was previously perplexed with how Atletico sold their best players to the European elite clubs. This has now changed with his trusted lieutenant Diego Costa coming back home and the long term commitment from star players like Griezmann, Saul and Koke among others. Atletico are no longer a selling club and this will allow Simeone to challenge for top honors more consistently.
Simeone has been the only coach to break Real Madrid and Barcelona’s duopoly in La Liga since Rafa Benitez’s Valencia did it in 2003. We have seen a complete dominance from the two top clubs in the country with the exception of 2014, when Simeone brought the title to Atletico.
He’s also won the Copa Del Rey (2013) and a couple of Europa League titles, with the most recent one being last year’s edition. He has lost twice in the Champions League final, both losses coming against rival Madrid club Real. Losing two finals in three years, especially against Real, had a strong impact on Simeone and he publicly accepted his failure and claimed this could be the end of a cycle, leading fans to think he might leave for a wealthier club.
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But after a couple of years of uncertainty, he has come around and committed his future to the club.
El Cholo will have served 10.5 years at Atletico if he manages to complete his current contract. In an era of quick manager turnover, he is proving his resilience and consistency and could follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
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