Juvenile mentor Thierry Henry conceded he could gain so much from Atletico Madrid’s experienced manager Diego Simeone as he wondered about the Argentine’s unlimited zest amid his AS Monaco side’s 2-0 annihilation to the Spaniards on Wednesday.
Goals from Koke and Antoine Griezmann secured Atletico’s place in the last 16 of the Champions League and guaranteed battling Monaco will complete base of Group A, finishing their thin any desires for fitting the bill for the Europa League.
Yet, Arsenal and France incredible Henry, whose group have won just once and lost five of their eight diversions since he took up his first administrative activity after a spell as right hand mentor of Belgium, was most in wonder of Simeone’s touchline jokes.
“I have a lot to learn from Simeone. Look how he always acts. His team were winning 2-0 and he never left his players alone. He kept on shouting at them to stay focused and run back,”Thierry Henry said in a post-match news conference.
“That was why we saw Griezmann stop counterattacks on the right wing and through the middle. That intensity which he brings to the team, which he used to have as a player, is incredible.”
While Thierry Henry now can concentrate on endeavoring to guide battling Monaco, who are second-bottom of Ligue 1, to safety, Simeone is focusing on keeping up Atletico’s push for the La Liga title and plotting a conceivable way to the Champions League final, which will be held at their sparkling Wanda Metropolitano stadium next June.
After seeing Simeone and his eager collaborates closely, Henry trusts Atletico are more than fit for winning Europe’s elite competition, in the wake of losing two finals in horrifying conditions to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016.
“He is so passionate about football, he seems like he is still a player. For me Simeone is a reference point for all coaches,” Henry said.
“Why couldn’t they win it? They were a second from winning it (in 2014) and they lost another final. With the team and the coach I saw today I say they certainly can. The final is at their place, too. Of course, you have to think about Juventus, Barcelona or Real Madrid. There are many teams that could win the Champions League, and Atletico are one of them,” he added.