Eight years in the past as we speak. Eight years that Simeone lifted as much as the sky of Bucharest the primary of his titles within the Athletic. Immediately he’s the coach who has achieved probably the most within the historical past of that bench, with seven, one forward of these gained by Luis. And the primary was this, on Might 9, 2012, the Europa League that took Athletic away with the claws of Tigre Falcao who by no means left any choice aside from that: to be them, the rojiblancos champions of the Europa League two years after the one gained by the group of Quique in Hamburg. “Bucharest. I bear in mind arriving on the stadium. We did it as at all times, singing, hitting the glass, the desk, very motivated. When he parked the bus, I bear in mind seeing all our individuals, the followers, cheering, supporting”, he recalled Antonio Lopez, then captain of that celebration 4 years in the past on the pages of AS newspaper. I remembered the Cholo within the guts of the Nationwide, with all advised his gamers, it was time to proceed making historical past after Hamburg, the primary web page written with him. “I bear in mind being inside, within the locker room, and simply pondering of one thing: begin. I do not forget that was the ultimate for Falcao.” “He has a purpose in his blood. He got here to make Atleti the best”, which might outline him Juanfran. As a result of it was Falcao who, that evening, after six minutes licensed the wind that blew within the evening in favor of Atleti, who got here out as Antonio López had felt on the bus, extremely motivated, urgent very excessive. An amazing purpose was invented after dizzying Amorebieta between feints. One, two, three, slipped and ball within the internet. Athletic had 84 minutes of torture, Atleti of enjoyment. Falcao once more earlier than the break and Diego on the finish would put the rating at 3-Zero closing. And, whereas Antonio López, who ended his contract that summer time and handed the bracelet to Gabi with a photograph (the one of the 2 holding the title collectively at evening: “I checked out him and mentioned: ‘You increase it with me’. And we did it I had not performed a minute, he was all. He was the second captain, he was the witness, “Simeone seemed excited.“It’s a personally very sturdy state of affairs for every little thing I need the membership. The followers anticipated this of me,” he would later say, not realizing that this title was solely the primary, that on the foundations he had planted together with his arrival six months earlier. A fierce and champion Atlético would develop once more. As a result of then the European Tremendous Cup to Chelsea (the opposite claw of the Tiger for Atleti in Europe), the Cup in 2013, LaLiga in 2014, the Spanish Tremendous Cup in 2014, the 2018 Europa League and the 2018 European Tremendous Cup.