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Luis: ‘Is Simeone good dealing with football players? Kind of’

Sat 16 January 2021 | 12:14

Filipe Luis claimed that Diego Simeone was not a great manager.

Although former Chelsea and

Atletico Madrid


Filipe Luis

has described Atletico Madrid manager

Diego Simeone

as a father figure, he also claimed that Simeone was not a great manager.

“He used to say that the best way of respecting everybody is leaving everybody ready for a moment he could need,” he said. “He demanded the maximum at every training session, everything with him is at the maximum.

“Was he good at dealing with people? No. It is not easy for him to deal with the players’ personalities but he swallows his pride.

“Some problems happened: Joao Felix kicked a bottle of water, [Luis] Suarez went out mad [after being substituted].

“He does have a good feeling with some of the players and with others, he is more professional.

“Is he good dealing with football players? Kind of... but he is not one of the best I've worked with. [Current Brazil coach] Tite is spectacular in this area. He makes everybody feel super important - his ability to speak is extraordinary.”

Luis had a close relationship with Someone but when it came to playing style they had different opinions.

"We used to have a constant argument with him, to play more [with the ball],” Filipe Luis said. “He was like a father, a friend, we were together for a long period. He used to sit with me and [Diego] Godin, joking: 'Do you want to play? Talk to me, does Godin have a good foot to create from the back?' 

“Simeone believes a lot in his work. All the 11 players have to work very hard. He changes the tactical system during a game, changes the pieces according to the opposition. 

“He is a very complete manager - I've seen him winning games based on one player from the opposite team. 

“I wanted to play a little more [in an attacking sense], but what can I say? For Atletico, he's the best manager there is.”

source: SportMob