Inter Milan will be oozing with confidence as they face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday evening (2000 GMT).
Diego Simeone is an Argentinean soccer manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Atletico Madrid and was previously a player for the club, as well as Velez Sarsfield, Pisa, Sevilla, Inter Milan, Lazio, Racing Club, and the Argentina national team - earning the distinction of winning more than 100 caps for his country in his playing days.
Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid
Atletico thrashed Chelsea 4-1 in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup with Radamel Falcao smashing in a hat-trick of goals. Atletico also won the 2012/13 Copa del Rey and finished third in La Liga that season.
The 2020/21 season got off to a tremendous start following the acquisition of Luis Suarez from Barcelona as Atletico Madrid headed into 2021 top of the La Liga table. Simeone helped Atletico win their 11th La Liga title, seven years after they had last won the title. His side finished on 86 points, two more than second placed and city rivals Real Madrid.
Key signings made by Simeone at Atletico Madrid apart from Suarez, Griezmann and Villa have also included the likes of Jan Oblak, Joao Felix and Kieran Trippier.
Simeone's club career
His international career
At the 1998 World Cup, David Beckham was infamously sent off for kicking Simeone in retaliation for a foul. Argentina beat England on penalties in that round of 16 match after a 2-2 draw but were beaten 2-1 by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.
Simeone tested positive for COVID-19 on September 12, 2020, but was able to recover.
Simeone reportedly became the highest paid manager in world soccer when he signed a contract extension at Atletico Madrid and reportedly earns a gross annual salary of approximately €42million, as per ESPN.