What do José Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone have in common? To the head, the fact that they are three of the best football coaches of the 21st century. But in more recent history, the Portuguese, Spanish and Argentine coach acquired another link. In recent seasons, everyone has lost the assistants who have been with them for several years and who were responsible for the successes of Mourinho, Guardiola and Simeone.
Portuguese was the first. In May 2018, after 17 years on José Mourinho's technical team, Rui Faria announced that he was leaving Manchester United – first for a sabbatical, then to start his main coaching career. He was associated with Arsenal, after Arsène Wenger left, he was linked to Sporting and Benfica but ended up in Al-Duhail of Qatar. He spent just a year in the Middle East, resigned after a rout suffered by Al Sadd from Xavi and is currently without a club.
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Guardiola followed. In December last year, after Unai Emery was fired from Arsenal, Mikel Arteta left the position alongside the Spanish coach in Manchester City to guide the club where he had ended his playing career. Guardiola's right-hand man since he arrived in England – they met in Barcelona and the current City coach was soon convinced that the former midfielder would make a good coach – Arteta decided to start his career in London and help Arsenal to recover the results of another time. Currently, the gunners are in 9th place in the Premier League, in the fight for qualification for next season's European competitions, and have fallen in the Europa League round of 32 with Olympiacos by Pedro Martins.
And finally, this Wednesday, it was Diego Simeone's turn. Germán Burgos, known as Mono Burgos, has announced that he will leave Atl's technical team. Madrid at the end of the season – after the end of the Champions League – to start his own head coaching career. Former goalkeeper for River Plate, Mallorca and also Atl. Madrid joined Simeone nine years ago, when he was still at the helm of Racing Avellaneda: the two Argentines had known each other for a long time, since the days of the national team and of being teammates in the mattresses. He returned to the Spanish capital and rojiblancos alongside the coach in 2011, and was part of the technical team that led the club to the conquest of a Spanish league, a Spanish Super Cup, two European Leagues and two European Super Cups, in addition to having arrived to two Champions League finals.
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– Atletico Madrid (@atletienglish) June 3, 2020
“With more than ten years of experience in the first division, I think I am fully qualified to manage the destinies of a team. This is goodbye, not goodbye. The future will tell if we see each other again ”, says Mono Burgos in the video shared by Atl. Madrid, where the Argentine mixes the natural emotion of leaving the club with the joy of starting a new chapter. About Simeone, the former goalkeeper says he is "a brother". “We have known each other for a long time. We understand each other with gestures, without gestures, with looks, without looks, with head touches. 50 meters away, with a gesture, I know what you're saying. I had lunch and dined more often with him than with my family, between eight years of Argentine national team, plus the years of Atlético as players, plus eight years again at Atlético ”, he says.
And until he leaves Madrid, he has one last dream. “We still have goals, like guaranteeing qualification for next year's Champions League, but everyone wants to win the Champions League. I am a dream chaser, ”says Mono Burgos. As for the future, the former goalkeeper came to be associated with River Plate, taking into account a possible departure from Marcelo Gallardo, but the option of Unión de Santa Fe, without a coach since March, is gaining strength in the last hours.