News – FR – Football Champions League: Simeone-Tuchel, unwavering against the pragmatist


Endowed with the greatest longevity as a coach in the European top flight, Diego Simeone and his Atlético Madrid challenge Tuesday in the Champions League Thomas Tuchel, who arrived at Chelsea less than a month ago, where he is gradually making his mark

The so-called “transitional” 2019-2020 season had already nearly cost him his steadfast place on the Madrid bench Chelsea challenge emerges as a double-edged sword for Simeone on Tuesday like the victorious double confrontation against defending champion Liverpool in the last 16 of the previous edition, which had given their team a boost for the end of the season

Either she is an extra weight in the calendar, with a long trip to manage (to Bucharest, Romania, due to health restrictions) and the prospect of a premature elimination that would stain or it allows Simeone and his men to bounce back, to finish the season as they started

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Because after an idyllic first half of the season, with a breakneck pace in La Liga, Atlético of “Cholo” Simeone, club icon for ten years, has had his first slump since early 2021 To beat Chelsea, it is on the defensive tightness, hallmark of his “rojiblancos”, that the frenzied Argentinian will have to work: in 2021, Atlético only managed to keep his clean sheet once in nine La Liga matches (January 12 against Sevilla, 2-0)

“Chelsea looked for a change, with the arrival of a great manager like Tuchel We will face a strong team, which has progressed in the numbers since its arrival Wherever he has been, he has done very well for his teams, and Chelsea prove it again, ”said Simeone on Monday at a press conference

To outclass him, the Argentinian technician will however have to deal with absences, still so numerous Saturday, Joao Felix, Thomas Lemar and Moussa Dembélé timidly returned from their Covid-19 episodes But other captives are still absent, such as Kieran Trippier (suspended), José Maria Giménez (injured on Saturday), or Yannick Carrasco (left leg)

Defections that have forced the Argentinian to review his certainties, and to adapt: ​​this season, he has regularly shaken up his eternal 4-4-2 to take more advantage of the new offensive qualities of his training, in 3- 5-2 for example, like Saturday against Levante in the league

Thomas Tuchel will return to a competition with Chelsea in which he reached the final with Paris Saint-Germain last year, one of the main reasons the Blues chose him At 47, the German’s reputation has little to envy that of his illustrious Argentinian elder in terms of perfectionism and temperament

“It’s a big test, for sure Sportingly, mentally and physically This is a club that has a lot of experience at this level of competition, with a very experienced and hard-to-face coach, “Tuchel outlined at a press conference on Monday.

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If he is tactically more flexible, not hesitating to change systems several times during a match or to adapt to the opponent, he does not support a player not fulfilling the role which is assigned to him in his animation, and does not hesitate to let him know

On Saturday, against Southampton, he was quick to replace Tammy Abraham with Callum Hudson-Odoi at the break himself out a quarter of an hour from the end”I was not happy with his attitude, his energy and his pressing at the loss of the ball”, clearly explained the coach, refusing the more diplomatic solution to evoke a physical glitch, but ensuring that he did not there would be “no problem” between them “In any case nothing that lasts”, he declared

With the Champions League, however, Tuchel knows he will play some of his credit with a management whose ambitions are as high as their patience is weak.

The double correction received at this stage of the competition last year against Bayern (0-3 and 4-1), future winner, had helped anchor the idea that Chelsea would struggle to be competitive at most high continental level with Frank Lampard After 250 million euros invested this summer, passing the eighth for the first time since 2014 would be the minimum tariff for the German

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News – EN – Football Champions League: Simeone-Tuchel, unwavering against the pragmatist
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