Diego Simeone’s brother-in-law might be accused of showing a hint of bias but that doesn’t make his scathing assessment of Lionel Messi any less critical.
Journalists and pundits in Argentina believe the reason why Simeone can’t manage the national team is due to Messi’s strong influence.
Carlos Dibos, Simeone’s brother-in-law and Argentina’s former physical trainer, has gone a step further by accusing the Barcelona star of having “selected” players and managers for the Albiceleste.
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Dibos, who is married to the sister of the Atletico Madrid boss, also criticised the media in an interview with an Argentinian radio station.
Messi is a national treasure in the South American country and so Dibos’ comments are unlikely to go down very well. Clearly, Simeone’s ruthless style has rubbed off on him.
Dibos is quoted by AS as telling Radio La Red: “Messi picked managers and players and did whatever he wanted with the national team. Now the truth is out, we’re sick [of his behaviour] in Argentina. We’re going to make that very clear.
“Resentment, begrudgery and selfishness mean people can have crazy opinions in this country. I can’t believe there are journalists and pundits out there who say Simeone can’t manage the national team because Messi wouldn’t want him in charge. They’re bonkers.”
Praise for Simeone
Attacking Argentina’s hero? Check. Blasting the opinions of members of the Argentinian media? Check.
Dibos was on a roll.
He did reserve praise for one Argentinian. Simeone, of course.
“Luck hasn’t gotten him to his second Champions League final,” he added.
“Diego is constantly working. Nothing is left to chance. Since marrying his sister twenty years ago I’ve spent a lot of time with him. I’ve watched his training session and I take my hat off to him [for the work he is doing].”
Simeone has worked wonders at Atleti
Dibos has every right to be proud of his brother-in-law. What Simeone has achieved in his five seasons at the Vicente Calderon is nothing short of incredible.
Madrid will take on rivals Real in the Champions League final at the end of the month, their second appearance in the big game in three years.
Simeone’s finest accomplishment, however, is building a team capable of taking on Barcelona and Los Blancos in La Liga.
Barca and Real receive the bulk of the TV money in Spain, making Atleti’s title win in 2013-14 a marvellous achievement.
They have every chance of repeating the feat this time around, currently trailing Barcelona only due to an inferior head-to-head record with two games remaining.
No doubt Dibos would love it if Simeone beats Messi to the title.
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