Diego Simeone has reflected enthusiastically on the development of Atletico Madrid’s “identity” during his 400 matches as head coach.
The highly decorated former Argentina international celebrated the milestone with a 4-0 defeat of Sant Andreu in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.
The second-leg success, which sealed a 5-0 aggregate victory, keeps Simeone in contention to claim his eighth major trophy in charge of the club he represented with distinction as a player.
Atleti have triumphed in LaLiga, snared the Europa League twice and gone agonisingly close to winning the Champions League since he took over in 2011, all while cultivating a robust, efficient playing style.
“I get a shiver of excitement thinking about it,” Simone said of the achievement in quotes reported by Mundo Deportivo.
“The best thing is not to look back. Many people have left since I arrived.
“It makes me happy to improve as a team, as a club. I hope I can give it a lot of energy until I leave, because this club needs a lot of energy.
“The best thing is to have a club in which everyone – from the person that serves you at the bar through to the one that has just arrived or the oldest fan – knows how we play. That is to have an identity.”