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Diego Simeone is one of the most fascinating coaches in Europe when you consider what he has achieved with Atlético de Madrid.
He won La Liga and led them to the Champions League finals, while also managing to deal with the constant loss of key players and continues to find ways to regenerate the team every year.
It has never been clear if he is a legitimate top-level manager and Atleti are just lucky to have him, or if they just adapt wonderfully to each other and you wonder what he would be like with another club.
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With Atleti he is not expected to win La Liga or the UCL because they are the losers and it is not reasonable to demand that success, while his team is usually full of players who hit above their weight and completely buy their methods.
ESPN They have linked him to Chelsea’s managerial position if they finally decide to ditch Frank Lampard, so it would be interesting to see what it would be like at Stamford Bridge.
These links have been recovered since Atleti’s shocking defeat to Cornella in the Copa del Rey and he said it after the game:
“Football is changeable and you have to always be open to all possibilities. I’m very happy here, but I have to be open to whatever the club decides.”
It is certainly possible to interpret this as that he sees an exit as a genuine possibility, but it really doesn’t seem like he wants to leave, while Atleti would be crazy to fire him for a cup loss when he also seems well placed to win the league. .
One of Chelsea’s big problems has always been the insinuations that the players have too much power and there are problems in the dressing room, but the arrival of Simeone would absolutely change that as he is not going to tolerate nonsense.
Realistically, this seems like a clever attempt by Simeone to remind Atleti exactly how lucky they are to have him and scare them into imagining life without him, so it’s hard to see him move forward mid-season.
Perhaps that will change in the summer if he wins La Liga and decides that there isn’t much more he can really accomplish with the club, so that could still be a name to consider if the job opens at Chelsea.