Since Simeone Come, Atletico No Longer Inferior
Madrid – Former Atletico Madrid striker, Kiko Narvaez, mention that Atletico are now on par with Real Madrid. For that matter, he was grateful to Diego Simeone.
Kiko, who never felt the achievement of a double degree –La League and Copa del Rey– in 1995/1996, is a legend for Atletico. He played in red and white side of Madrid from 1993 to 2001, and even go down to the Segunda Division when Atlético were relegated in 2000.
Kiko certainly understand that in his time, Atletico more often to be number two in Madrid. Their rivalry with Real Madrid derby club which incidentally is clearly less than rivalry Madrid to Barcelona.
However, the success achieved by Atletico in the Spanish and European soil since the arrival of Simeone in 2011, made the point about Atletico changed. They now are one of the favorites to win the title.
Simeone achieved record since 2011 is okay. Counted, has five trophies he dedicated to Atletico, including La Liga 2013/2014 championship trophy.
“We (Atletico) know our position. We remain relaxed, we do not always win but will always exert our best ability,” Kiko said as reported by the US.
“In the last derby, we show that we no longer inferior of Madrid. They see us as rivals now since El Cholo (Simeone) come.”
“The players are no longer nervous or worried when faced with Real Madrid. They now have the confidence. We are no longer a weak neighbor, who had lost first before kick-off,” said Kiko, who also had been a colleague of Simeone during play first.
Note Atletico Madrid is also a nice top. In the last five meetings in all competitions, Atletico never lost. Arda Turan et al. won three times and drew twice with Madrid.