"El Cholo" Simeone has become in his own right one of the great coaches in his history and he has done it fairly and deservedly. His rojiblanco journey will surely end as one of the most successful. I think there is no doubt about it.
But at the same time that this is recognized and valued, as in football no one has a bull and even less so in the elite, doubts and questions begin to arise especially about whether the team and the institution will be able to maintain the level demanded up there and about if the ways of their coach and players and, especially, the type of soccer they practice will respond to the expectations raised and the demands of their fans.
As a mattress club, after having suffered the storm of Gil and Gil in this stage of triumphs, he has collected the antipathies that Real Madrid has raised with its greatness, money and arrogance and Barça with the excesses of “tiki-taka” and Guariolazen's "philosophy" and have turned them into sympathies and support in their favor, supported by a victimhood created by marketing and advertising and by the titles achieved in this fruitful stage, above all.
The style and type of soccer that Simeone has successfully transmitted to his team and that his players follow with enthusiasm and warrior ardor has pillars that are indisputable, such as a competitive attitude to the maximum whoever the opponent is, especially if they are great and if it is Real Madrid much better, an excellent defensive approach with two centrals that rarely fail, making the most of the set pieces and excellent strikers for completion and goal. Always prepared for battle and anger, their players do not come to "step on it, step on it", but if necessary they are there. I think that with this baggage it will be difficult for them to compete with the best in Europe and even more to continue winning titles. The fan, so identified with his coach, is currently excited about the idea of continuing to upset theYou meringues but we will see, this is very long and the competition is great and to demand it will not stay, for sure.
Simeone and the club must be careful with their ways of managing the team and their attitude as a coach in games. His "performance" in the Cup final was deplorable in every way. I don't think anybody thinks as Simeone said that "it had been the result of the anxiety of the first days", I rather believe that this is his style, his DNA, he was as a player (that entry to Julen Guerrero!) And it is as a coach. That is what he transmits and what he mentalizes his players to the maximum, tuning in like no one else with the mattress stands, which at the moment are enjoying the honeys of victory. But, at a time and in a social moment in which the forms are taken care of until the stupidity and the banality, also in soccer and to the dictation of the most televising image possible, it is necessary to be careful and to be "correct" and Simeone not it was.
What's more, it was a treaty of sports and soccer mistakes and although until now that style has been very profitable it could be that it began to turn against him and his team. It is no coincidence that in the last two titles played he was sent off and left a bad taste in the mouth at the end of the momentous games …… ..what a coincidence ……. both against their eternal rival.
As a summary I leave for the kind reader who reads these lines two questions:
Would you pay a ticket to see At Madrid play if you are not a mattress?
Do you think that the soccer practiced by those of the Manzanares is measured with the same yardstick as other greats? And if so, why?
We leave those answers for another day.
Author: Eduardo Silva