Are Atletico Madrid in danger of losing Diego Simeone to Chelsea?

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Diego Simeone has won legions of admirers whilst manager of Atletico Madrid.

The passion that "Cholo" exhibits on the sidelines is transmitted to a squad that give everything for their manager week-in, week-out.

His is a way of working that has proved to be successful in the recent past, beating Barcelona to the punch in the 2014 edition of La Liga and coming within 30 seconds of defeating cross-town rivals Real in the Champions League final.


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Atletico, despite losing their best players each year, remain combative and competitive and that has to be attributed to the nous of the manager.


A sprinkling of high-quality ball-players such as Antoine Griezmann, supplemented by workhorses like Angel Correa - the new Aguero - and captain Diego Godin. The Rojiblancos retain an intoxicating mix all over the pitch.

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All are brought together in a melting pot of physicality and skill, pride and passion. Simeone has that ability to squeeze every last drop of effort out of a player, and have them happy about the extra work!

Players love to play for him, supporters want to be like him. 

Liverpool fans are about to embark on a similar journey with Jurgen Klopp, but if rumours are to be believed then Simeone could be up against the normal one before the season is out.

New "Special One"?

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea career is dangling by a threat at the moment and a loss against Aston Villa in their next match will surely spell the end of his time in west London.

Even if the Portuguese rides out the storm over the next couple of matches, the Blues have to be challenging by Christmas to give them any realistic chance of Champions League qualification at best.

A seven-minute post-match rant after the Southampton game focused on the referee's inability to award Chelsea penalties. In truth it was another attempt by Mourinho to cover up his own failings.

The Portuguese hasn't inspired his expensively assembled troops for some while now and the row that erupted with club medical staff has left the manager ever more isolated.

Inclusive, not divisive

Simeone is nowhere near as divisive. If anything the Argentinian is totally the opposite. All for one and one for all is a motto that can be readily appreciated through Atleti's style of play.

There's little doubt he would be a success in the Premier League but there is a fondness and reciprocal relationship with the Atleti fans that means there is no guarantee that Simeone will swap the riches of the English top flight for the continual battle to be the best in La Liga.

Watch this space.

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