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Tactical Analysis and Sessions from Atlético Madrid’s 4-4-2

The Winning Culture at Atlético Madrid Under Diego Simeone

During his years at Atlético Madrid, Diego Simeone has managed to build an extraordinarily strong team which has won or been the runners-up of the most significant titles against all odds.

The Argentine coach brought with him a culture of commitment, passion, aggressiveness, and determination.

From the first moment of his arrival at Atlético Madrid, he made it clear that nobody and nothing is above the team and in order to achieve greatness, the players have to give everything and work all together within a strong team spirit.

This culture was, from the first day, transferred to the players and since the beginning of Diego Simeone’s era, it is more than obvious that they fight in every match like warriors and are willing to support each other until the very end.

Teamwork is paramount as Atlético Madrid lack
superstars like Messi and Ronaldo, who they
have consistently competed against.

Even though they are forced to sell every big player like Falcao, Diego Costa and Griezmann and their budget is relatively low compared to other top clubs, they still remain the same ultracompetitive side that refuses to surrender.

Diego Simeone's Atlético Madrid era may not have produced a team which plays attractive and free-flowing football, but nobody can deny that they are often the toughest team to play against in the whole of Europe.

Diego Simeone's Atlético Madrid Tactics

The tactical organisation has had a lot to do with the culture that Diego Simeone has created at Atlético Madrid.

Simeone built a game plan which relied on good defensive organisation.

The players must carry out their basic defensive tasks with commitment, passion, aggressiveness, and determination (elements of the culture brought by the Argentine).

This has made them extremely difficult to break down, even by the very top attacking sides.

Atlético have also been very efficient in their attacking play (analysed in this second part of a two book set) and have great success in scoring goals with a counter attacking style, and by exploiting set pieces.

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