After league title, Simeone hopes to keep Atlético growing

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’I just laughed’: After league title, Simeone hopes to keep Atlético growing
Atletico Madrid’s head coach Diego Simone is lifted in the air by his players at the end of the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Valladolid at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, Spain, Saturday, May 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Nothing really came to Diego Simeone’s mind after his Atlético Madrid side finally clinched the Spanish league title. So he just started laughing.

“My first reaction was to start laughing,” he said. “It came out naturally. I don’t know why, but I laughed, I just laughed.”

Atlético had just rallied to defeat Valladolid 2-1 and win its first league title in seven years on Saturday. It was the team’s 11th league title, and third since 1996, when Simeone still played for the club.

“It was a happy feeling that came from inside,” Simeone said. “We were able to do it again.”

There was reason for Simeone to be relieved, with the triumph coming after a tense final stretch of the season in which the…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper