Abelardo, before his nightmare Simeone

Diego Simeone Y Abelardo Fernandez they meet again on Sunday in the Athletic-Alavés to be played at the Metropolitano. A duel with a clear advantage for the Argentine coach, who has only lost once to the Asturian, reaping six victories and a draw.

In addition, the defeat occurred in a clash against the Sporting in El Molinón conditioned by the game that Atlético had played three days before against him PSV of Champions, and that it was decided in the penalty shootout. The rojiblancos arrived very physically touched at that appointment of March 19, 2016, which is now five years old, and fell by 2-1 (Sanabria, Diego Castro and Griezmann).

In the rest of the matches, Abelardo has only been able to scratch a draw against Cholo. It was last year, when he directed a Espanyol that ended up descending to the Second division. Otherwise, triumphs of Simeone, four against the team that has now returned to direct The Pitu, Deportivo Alavés.


Abelardo has always had good words for Atlético de Simeone. In 2019, before a match in Mendizorroza, the Asturian indicated that “It is envious to see Atlético de Madrid play“And that it was” a mirror in which to look at oneself. “

“To stop Diego Costa, Álvaro Morata and Antoine Griezzman You have to go to the Virgen Blanca and pray ”, joked the Albiazul coach, who also received compliments from his rival on Sunday at the press conference he offered on Saturday in Majadahonda. “Alavés is a tough, difficult team, with a coach who has always worked well on the teams he has been. He is clear about the system, its strengths and weaknesses. Now they are not accompanied by the results but they are very competitive. We will have to find the ways to be able to hurt them, with good intensity of the game, ”said Cholo.