There's still over a month to go, but it looks like Diego Simeone already has an eye on Atletico Madrid's LaLiga Santander opener. Getafe visit the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on the first weekend of the season and El Cholo is already getting his tactics across to his squad. Diego Costa won't be involved against Getafe due to his lengthy suspension, so Simeone is looking at ways to play without him. Atletico are setting up in a 4-3-3 formation during training at Los Angeles de San Rafael, with Joao Felix on the right, Thomas Lemar on the left and Alvaro Morata through the middle. Behind them, you've got Saul, Koke and Marcos Llorente in midfield and a back four of Carlos Isaac, Felipe, Stefan Savic and Renan Lodi. This goes against the 4-4-2 system that Simeone has preferred to use during his time in charge of the Rojiblancos, but it may be necessary once Costa is back available as he looks to line up with Felix, Morata and Costa up front. … [Read more...] about Is Diego Simeone already thinking about Getafe in August?
With the world waiting and focusing on Sergio Ramos and Pilar Rubio's wedding on Saturday in Seville, Diego Simeone and Carla Pereyra had their own secret marriage in Buenos Aires on Friday. The pair kept it as a surprise and it was only on social media that they announced the news after the event. "Today, June 14, in an intimate ceremony with our family, we have married civilly," the two posted on Instagram. "We are very happy!" LaLiga Santander's September break will allow for them to throw a party in Tuscany, where Diego's son Giovanni lives and plays for Fiorentina. The marriage is Pereyra's first while it's Simeone's second, having already had three children with Carolina Baldini. … [Read more...] about Diego Simeone and Carla Pereyra get married in secret
Sport by Press Association 06/04/2019, 11:28 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Diego Simeone suggested Atletico Madrid were not receiving fair treatment from officials after late goals condemned his side to a 2-0 defeat at Barcelona following Diego Costa’s red card. Costa was dismissed in the 28th minute for squaring up to the referee, leaving his team-mates to face an uphill battle at the home of the league leaders. They held out until the 84th minute when Luis Suarez broke the deadlock, moments before Lionel Messi made sure of a win which sends Barca 11 points clear of Atletico at the top of LaLiga. “We have had many red cards, so we must be doing something wrong,” Simeone said in comments reported by Marca. “I asked the referee at half-time and he told me Costa had said something wrong, but Costa assures me he did not. “Other players have said things and not been sent off. This does not excuse what Costa has … [Read more...] about Diego Simeone bemoans decisions as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid
Whilst few players were up to the requisite level in Turin, Atletico Madrid supporters have pointed towards tactical decisions as the main reason for the club's failure against Juventus, and thus believe Diego Simeone is to blame. Atleti headed to Italy with a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, having not conceded an away goal and being able to boast arguably the best defence on the continent. None of that mattered as Cristiano Ronaldo ripped through the Spanish giants, yet again bringing to an end their hopes of Champions League success. MARCA.com conducted a survey in which more than 125,000 supporters participated, in which the coach was deemed as the individual to blame. Despite the vast amount of money spent on rebuilding the team in the summer, the lack of ambition to secure an away goal that would have killed the tie was particularly jarring. As part of the survey, MARCA.com asked several questions of supporters with the results proving to be rather interesting. The direct … [Read more...] about Atletico Madrid supporters believe Simeone is responsible for Turin failure
After the disappointment in Turin, Atletico Madrid's attention has already turned to the LaLiga Santander clash with Athletic Club, in which Diego Simeone is preparing to unleash his attacking trio. Having been accused of being too negative in the Champions League defeat to the Bianconeri, the former River Plate coach is hoping to get a positive result at the expense of the Basque club with most, if not all, of his attacking stars on the pitch. Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata are the most likely starting pairing, whilst a decision is yet to be made on whether it will be Antoine Griezmann or Thomas Lemar who dovetails with the duo. The midfield would then be crucial in providing the requisite cover for such an attacking forward line, with Koke, Rodri and Thomas Partey likely to be given the nod. Saul Niguez could be moved to left-back in the face of absences, whilst Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin are set to continue at the heart of defence, especially after Stefan Savic suffered another … [Read more...] about Simeone prepares to unleash his attacking trident at the San Mames