A look of trepidation is feigned by Filipe Luis as he explains what it’s like for a player to receive a Diego Simeone text message. ‘Now as a friend, I can send and receive messages from him, but back then it was stressful every time I got one cue look of dread,’ he says.
For nearly ten years at Atletico Madrid, Simeone, whose side face Chelsea on Tuesday night in the Champions League last-16, put fear into rival teams and his own stars.
It was one of those messages that made the return happen. ” Simeone said to me, ‘Come back, we’re going to win again, and I need a full-back like you,” recalls the Brazilian who played under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in his only season.
The 35-year-old full-back now reels off the Atletico memories at Flamengo: Simeone putting the Al Pacino film Any Given Sunday in the players’ dressing room; the hurricane-force effect of his December 2011 arrival; the zero-sentimentalism of his team selections.
Source: Daily Mail