Monday, 8 May 2017

Simeone - a manager who wears his heart on his sleeve

Saturday 5 May 2017, Atletico Madrid 1 Eibar 0 - La Liga, Vincente Calderon

A great afternoon of entertainment, I had headed to Spain to get in one of the last ever games at the Vincente Calderon - and I am glad I did. Tickets not cheap but a great view from the front row of the top tier of the main stand, a game that watched by an almost full house.

An even first half but the introduction of Torres gave the home team a lift and it was not long before they scored, a goal that could guarantee a Champions League place. The last few minutes were nervy as Eibar counter attacked and then a Madrid player got himself sent off.

The atmosphere on the day was fantastic, with the home crowd singing throughout and unfurling banners celebrating former heroes of the Vincente Calderon.

But the star of the show was the Atletico manager, the Argentinian - Simeone - a manager who shows real passion, who went through the motions of taking every kick in the game then spent time running up the touchline urging the crowd to make even more noise.

I can understand why a new stadium is being built but the home crowd will miss this fantastic stadium - and not just because it is so near the city centre. - just a couple of games left for the home team in this iconic stadium.

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