Diego SIMEONE masterminds Atlético Madrid’s win over Chelsea to become the first Argentine manager to take his team to the Champions League since 2001.
Too many pre match talk was going on about bringing the bus into the pitch but in the end, no big London bus is going to stop El Cuchu in plotting Jose Mourinho’s fourth successive semifinal exit in this competition.
Despite taking a lead through Fernando TORRES, Los Rojiblancos kept the momentum going and rewarded with goals from Adrián, Diego COSTA & Arda TURAN; thus ensuring that an Argentine will be sure to lift the Big Ears since 2011.
Overall, SIMEONE will be the fifth Argentine to be involved in the Champions League/European Cup Final. The previous four were Luis CARNIGLIA (Real Madrid 58 & 59), Helenio HERRERA (Inter Milan 64, 65 & 67), Juan Carlos LORENZO (also with Atlético Madrid, 74) and Héctor CUPER (Valencia 2000 & 01).
The other Argentine involved in this match was José Ernesto SOSA who came in as a 76th minute substitute. In a classy ending during the post-match conference, he sums it up in his own way by thanking the players mother!
Here is the post-match conference (just a bit) for your viewing, doing the translation from Spanish to English is Mauricio POCHETTINO’s translator