Sun 05 March 2023 | 9:14

Diego Simeone pays tribute to Aragones after setting new Atletico record of 613 matches as manager

Atletico Madrid Manager Diego Simeone says he is in the place where he wants to be after beating Luis Aragones' record.

Atletico Madrid

beat Sevilla 6-1 at the Civitas Metropolitano on Saturday.

Diego Simeone

 surpassed Luis Aragones as the coach with the most matches in charge of Atletico Madrid in his 613th match as Atletico coach.

Ahead of the match, the 54-year-old Simeone received a framed commemorative jersey with "Legend, Simeone, 613" across the back from Aragones' son and three of his children.

After the match, club captain Koke said no one can imagine an Atletico Madrid without Simeone.

"A night to enjoy and one that [Simeone] will surely not forget,"

Koke told Movistar after the game.

"But hey, I'm sure he's already thinking about the Girona game because his philosophy in life is like that.

"Bygones are bygones, and he always looks to the next game."

He added:

"You can't imagine an Atletico Madrid without Simeone. I've been here for 11 years, he came with a very clear idea, he changed the mentality, brought us all together, given the club the stability it needed and hopefully it will continue for many years.

"He has a year and a half left on his contract and we'll see what happens later."

Antoine Griezmann

scored early in the second half and celebrated his goal by running over to Simeone and wrapping him in a huge hug.

Griezmann said:

"What is an important day for him is an important day for me. I wanted it to be a magical day for the fans and for my team-mates.”

Ahead of Saturday's game, Simeone posted a letter to Luis Aragones on his social media. The cuurent Atletico coach played under Aragones at Sevilla. Aragones died in February 2014

Simeone told reporters:

"Explaining feelings and emotions is difficult.

"I had no doubts seven or eight days ago, I began to think about what was happening and I understood that there was a person before everything that I had to write to, Luis. I talked about it with the family and they said it was a good idea.

"Why? We have travelled the same path; that respect for an eternal person; and passing the point that places me – by numbers, not by capacity – in the history of Atletico.

"Where I am, [Aragones] knows the difficulty. He knows the anger, the egos, living with the emotions, what the club needs, the coaching staff, that we must not make mistakes, that I must say the right word at the right time.

"We have made mistakes several times, but I am calm, I am at peace, because I am in the place where I want to be, I do what I like.

"I am excited to see when the team stands up and continues fighting until the end."



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