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Atletico Madrid are genuine La Liga & Champions League contenders

Diego Simeone applauds his team (©GettyImages)
Diego Simeone applauds his team (©GettyImages).

Diego Simeone and his team Atletico Madrid are enjoying the first place in the Champions League group G.

After the historical win against their arch rivals Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabeu stadium last weekend for Primera Liga, Atletico managed to escape Dragao Stadium for the second fixture of Champions League.

Simeone’s team suffered in the first half from the well organized possession game of FC Porto but the second half was a totally different match. Simeone understood what his team needed, did not hesitate to replace his star forward David Villa with Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti(known as Christian Rodriguez) at halftime and his inspiration gave his team the match.

In addition to Villa, the other player that has also had a big impact for Atletico this season so far is Diego da Silva Costa, was also unavailable for the Porto match.

Nevertheless Simeone pulled another rabbit from his hat with the use of Leo Baptistao, a youngster from Brazil who filled in Diego Costa’s shoes in a more than satisfying way.

Furthermore, in this match against FC Porto we admired once more the football intelligence of Simeone and we witnessed his team scoring the winning goal after a magnificent trick from a free-kick just a few meters outside the penalty area.

A trick that was used from National football team of Argentina against the one of England during the 1998 World Cup: a pointer Simeone was a player of that team. Do you still believe that it was a simple coincidence?

Tonight is the night that a brilliant young coach deposits his credentials in Europe’s football world and my opinion is that if he  manages to control his temper, he will have a great future ahead of him. So yes Diego Simeone and his Atletico Madrid is the next big thing of Spanish football.

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