Over the past decade, Diego Simeone has become recognised as one of the world’s finest managers. Since his appointment by Atlético Madrid in 2011, he has brought an almost unrecognisable sense of stability to what had long been one of Spain’s least stable clubs, transforming them into a permanent rival to Barcelona and Real Madrid. Since his return to the Spanish capital – he was once also an influential player at the club – he has inspired them to two Europa League titles, two European Super Cups, a Spanish Super Cup, a Copa del Rey, La Liga, and a similarly unlikely Champions League final.
He has also continued to improve a team that has experienced the departures of Sergio Agüero, Diego Costa, Antoine Griezmann, Thibaut Courtois, Arda Turan and Diego Godín, and overseen the admirable recruitment that led to the arrivals of João Felix and Jan Oblak, among others. Perhaps most impressive of all, however, is the consistency they continue to demonstrate in their tactical approach and their level of performance. Simeone’s team is as organised as it is clinical and resilient, and continues to benefit from a lengthy – by the standards of the modern era – managerial reign.