The Santiago Bernabéu: Diego Simeone's home from home
The Atlético Madrid coach has taken 75 percent of the points contested across town on his watch and almost 50 percent overall against Real Madrid.
Atlético Madrid travel across town to the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday, a stadium that was a nightmare place to visit for the Rojiblancos for a decade and a half of drawing a blank against their city rivals. Atlético went 14 years without beating Real Madrid until the arrival of Diego Simeone, who has changed the panorama completely.
Under the Argentinean coach, Atlético have taken 75 percent of possible league points against Real Madrid, with three victories and a draw: nine out of 12 points on the table.
Simeone's stats better in the Bernabéu
In the Calderón, Simeone has overseen a much less impressive return of just five points from 18 in play, or 28 percent. Overall, Simeone has taken just under half the available points in the league against Madrid: 14 of 30, or 47 percent. That is a considerable total against the reigning European champions, and even more so when compared to Simeone’s return against Barcelona during his Liga career: three points from 33 available, gained in three draws. In 11 league games against the current champions, Simeone has never tasted victory.
Across all competition (Champions League, Copa de Rey, Liga and Spanish Supercup), Simeone’s tally is also positive: four wins, two draws and three defeats.
Copa victory ended 14 years of hurt
Simeone finally broke Atlético’s hoodoo against Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey 2012-13, when his side lifted the title in a 2-1 victory made all the sweeter by the stage on which it was achieved: the Bernabéu.