New Delhi: Diego Simeone's men gained supremacy over 'galácticos' starred Real Madrid for the second time in less than a month. Atletico's working class heroes carried forward the philosophy of grit and determination installed by their master, Simeone. The 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu, gives La Liga champions much needed boost in early part of the season.
This comes as a befitting response from the gladiators after some heated remarks shared between both clubs in build up to the Madrid derby. Atletico players were attacked by Real coach Carlo Ancelotti on Friday, who had stated, 'Football is a sport for men, it is not a game for girls.’ He had gone out to defend Los Rojiblancos’ style of play.
A day later he was conned by his own remarks about the working class Atleti team.
Simeone's valiant troops are shining in Spain and have dispatched the duopoly rule of Barcelona and Real Madrid. The League is a long one and Simeone will want the discipline that his team showed last season, if they are going to successfully defend the title. The way they have responded against Real after the heartbreaking Champions League final loss in May 2014, is a sight worth relishing.
After getting the better of Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, Saturday's victory shows Simeone's tactical geniuses will serve a warning sign to the world's two most fancied rich outfits.
Simeone had downplayed his side's chances of defending their league crown following a summer exodus, that saw five key players from last season's winning team depart the club. But the new players have responded well so far in learning their manager's message. Physically, they have imploded much like last season and that was visible throughout the match.
Atletico`s working class heroes have come out stronger and better than Real Madrid and Barcelona`s elite stars since last season and Simeone knows his men`s abilities in getting the job done, week after week.
He has carried it out brilliantly so far and it looks like he will continue doing so. Under Diego Simeone, Atletico have won the Europa League, the Copa del Rey, the league, the European Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup. A feat which very few managers achieve, a feat which is achieved by a limited squad.
Atletico travel to Greece on Tuesday where they will take on Olympiacos in the Champions League match-day one.