Simeone never lost faith

It does not enter the dictionary of Cholo to be able to relax. Neither rest. On the bench he lives as if there is no tomorrow, sometimes as real as at Stamford Bridge. Atlético de Madrid was on the ledge and in the absence of the warmth of its people, it found support in Simeone, who never sat down. Not a minute of pause was allowed, pending any play, his footballers, applauding or recriminating in case any of his boys stopped running.

Unlike Tuchel, Simeone he didn’t stop screaming. He never wears out, he does not lose faith: “On top, on top”, he repeated over and over again, aware that Chelsea was always in command of the crash. Again without rennet, Joao Felix he failed the test in London. The Cholo He did not stop encouraging him, more in need of a pamper than a row. Although the young star of Atlético de Madrid did not just stand out, crestfallen in a second half with no luck.

The message of Simeone denoted urgency: “To the area, to the area,” he insisted. No longer Suarez, to which the Argentine withdrew in the absence of half an hour. The ironic laughter of the striker found no response from his coach, only attentive to the field. To find a gap to a Chelsea that does not know defeat with Tuchel. Part of the trick is in the rear, much more reliable than with Lampard. He has conceded two goals since the German arrived. It took Atleti horrors to reach Mendy.

With a broken, hoarse voice, Cholo He always has time for a shout: “We are going to have one,” he sighed. Although his team needed more. Two strokes of luck in a tie in which Chelsea were better from start to finish. Rüdiger, Zouma Y Azpilicueta They were an insurmountable wall for an Atlético that no one can argue with, although that is not the case in Europe. The red to Savic It was the impotence of a team that says goodbye to the Champions League for another year.