The Super Cup gives another chance to Simeone against Barça

first_imgSticking to the tournament in liza this week in Saudi Arabia, Simeone and the azulgrana already saw their faces in another Super Cup of Spain, with the classic round trip format. It was in 2014 and the two matches ended in a draw: 1-1 at Calderón (Villa and Neymar) and 0-0 at Camp Nou. Barça took home the trophy.The league is where the differences become very evident, although Atlético more than compensates that one of the draws that have scratched Barça served to win the 2014 League at the Camp Nou. But it has not added not a triumph in the 16 games disputed in nine different seasons and before five Barca technicians (Guardiola, Vilanova, Martino, Luis Enrique and Valverde). In addition to that 1-1 (Godín’s head goal) that earned a title, the rojiblancos have taken four other draws and have lost eleven games, the last one a little over a month ago in the Metropolitan. Messi undid the 0-0 with a goal in the 86th minute. In the Cup, Barça has eliminated Atleti twice of Simeone: in the quarters of the 14-15, double Barça victory (1-0 and 2-3, the one of the boot of Arda thrown towards the line judge), and the semifinals of the 16-17, 1-2 at Calderón and 1-1 at Camp Nou, with Gameiro missing a penalty. So, this afternoon, Cholo faces the 23rd attempt to beat Barça …Cholo beat Athletic and Madrid in neutral field outside SpainThis Spanish Super Cup that is played outside the borders is a novelty, but for Atlético del Cholo it is not measured against a compatriot team on neutral ground abroad. In fact it will be the fifth time it happens, although the first time the winner does not take a title. In 2012, the rojiblancos beat Athletic (3-0) in Bucharest in the final of the Europa League. In the following even years he returned to play finals. In 2014 and 2016, of Champions against Real Madrid, that of Lisbon lost it in extra time and that of Milan, in penalties. Against the whites he repeated in Tallinn in 2018, in this case for the European Super Cup, and then they won the Cholo, 4-2 also in extra time. The team that is resisting Simeone as coach of Atlético is Barça. The Cholo has not won neither in League nor in Cup, nor in Supercopa. Since 2012 they have succeeded 22 clashes In the national competition and the best that the rojiblanco team has drawn has been eight draws. The rest, fourteen defeats. In Champions it has had better luck, with two victories del Atleti – both in Calderón – in four games and two Barça eliminations in the quarterfinals.last_img