Coach Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid is believed to be one of the most emotional coaches in the world of football. But there is a trait about him that often scares his players to the bone marrow, which is the trait of expecting so much from his players.
Ahead of Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League round-of-16 second leg clash, a former player of the Spanish club, Kieran Trippier said coach Diego Simeone wants his players to walk through brick walls.
Trippier who played under the 51-year-old Argentine tactician between July 17, 2019, and January 7, 2022, before he joined Newcastle United for €15 million, described coach Simeone as a very emotional and obsessed coach.
Over his ten years reign as the coach of Atletico Madrid, Coach Diego Simeone is known for his touchline antics which has often seen him make headlines. He has been red-carded a couple of times during competitive games due to his touchline antics and uncontrollable passion.
Aside from his touchline antics, Simeone is one of the coaches in Europe who is not afraid to say his mind about officiating and other aspects of the game which are deemed controversial.
In a chat with BBC Radio 5 Live, Kieran Trippier said the Argentine coach is very passionate about football both in training and in competitive games.
The 31-year-old right-back who joined Atletico Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 for a transfer fee worth €22 million said coach Simeone called him in the night to join his team and the English player did not hesitate.
Kieran Trippier who now plays for Newcastle United said: “I was very excited to go and play for him, and what you see on the touchline, this is what he is like every day in training. He is so emotional, obsessed.
“There have been times when I’ve been in bed, asleep, and he has called me. It is crazy, something I have never experienced. He is talking about things I could have done better and I’m trying to sleep.
“I’ve had random texts, calls from him talking about the game and that is where he is obsessed. He is an unbelievable manager. Emotional is the exact word to describe him.
“Every moment he is football crazy. His documentary shows how he is daily. He is an incredible manager and I am just fortunate to have worked with him because I have learned so much from him.
“You need to run through a brick wall for him”.
What we know about Coach Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid
Coach Diego Simeone was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 28 April 1970. He started his professional football career as a midfielder at an Argentine club, Vélez Sársfield in 1987 before he crossed to Europe where he played for Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, and Lazio.
Simeone returned to Argentina in 2005 to play for Racing Club until 2006 before he decided to retire from professional football.
As for his international career, Coach Diego Simeone played 108 times for Argentina’s national team in which he scored 11 goals.
Simeone started his coaching career at Racing Club in 2006. After coaching a series of Argentine clubs, Atletico Madrid decided to make him the club’s senior coach in 2011.
Since his appointment, the Argentine coach has been in charge of over 500 games. Simeone has helped Atletico Madrid to win two La Liga titles, two Europa Leagues, and one Copa del Rey in the last 10 years.
Simeone is married to a model known as Carla Pereyra. They both have two daughters named Francesca and Valentina.
Before he married the model in 2019, the Argentine coach has had three sons named Giovanni, Gianluca, and Giuliano who are all professional footballers playing for Hellas Verona, CD Ibiza, and Atlético Madrid B respectively.
Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid
Later today, March 15, 2022, at 21:00 Coach Diego Simeone will lead his team to face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
In the first leg, Manchester United traveled to Madrid, Spain to take on Atletico Madrid. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.
As it stands, Manchester United need to beat Atletico Madrid at least 1-0 to stand a chance of qualifying for the quarter-final stage of the competition.
On the other hand, the Spanish club need to beat Manchester United by any goal margin to make it to the next round of the competition.
🗣 "It will be the classic type of match you expect in a stadium like this."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 15, 2022
Diego Simeone shares what he expects to see from his Atletico Madrid side and Manchester United pic.twitter.com/oFhjsmC1Hz