A Thread Detailing The 'Brotherhood' Of Atletico Madrid's Squad Is Incredible
It was a joy to watch. Atletico's dominance of Italian champions Juventus came as a big shock to many, and on the surface it looks like one of the biggest Champions League upsets this season.
But if you dig a little deeper and look at the overall make-up of this incredible group of players, then your opinion on Diego Simeone's 'brotherhood' will change.
Something that stands out in this team is longevity. In Atleti's starting eleven last night, not a single player had spent fewer than five years at the club.
In fact, the average time spent at the club in that XI per player is 8.67 years - a remarkable stat considering the state of modern day football.
Not only is their loyalty admirable but after last night's display it is blindingly obvious that these players want to play and win for Simeone.
Their record under the Argentinian is something else.
Atletico Madrid's record under Diego Simeone:- Spreadex Sports (@SpreadexSport) February 21, 2019
- 204 Games
- 124 Clean sheets
- 120 Conceded pic.twitter.com/L6Qr4BpgL2
Twitter user Zach Lowy has since compiled a number of brilliant tweets following their 2-0 win.
He details the chemistry and mentality of this wonderful group and well, I kind of want Atletico to win the Champions League after reading this.
"You can give Cristiano Ronaldo €340 million in wages, you can make a laundry list of free transfers, you can build an amazing dynasty and one of the most stacked teams in Europe. But at the end of the day, whether you're Barça, Bayern or Juve, you'll fail to break down Atleti."
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Oblak: 5 years at Atleti.- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) February 20, 2019
Juanfran: 9 years.
Giménez: 6 years.
Godín: 9 years.
Luís: 8 years.
Rodri: 6 years at Atleti's academy.
Thomas: 8 years at Atleti.
Koke: 19 years.
Saúl: 11 years.
Costa: 9 years.
Griezmann: 5 years.
Brotherhoods of warriors aren't built overnight. pic.twitter.com/4RREQTt1VR
You can give Cristiano Ronaldo €340 million in wages, you can make a laundry list of free transfers, you can build an amazing dynasty and one of the most stacked teams in Europe.- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) February 20, 2019
But at the end of the day, whether you're Barça, Bayern or Juve, you'll fail to break down Atleti.
Guess what? Godín, Juanfran, and Filipe's contracts end in the summer, and they're unlikely to stay. Oblak's future is up in the air, and it's no guarantee Simeone (8 years at the club) stays.- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) February 20, 2019
Bottom line: this is the last chance for this band of brothers to win it together.
In the celebrations for Atleti's Europa League triumph last May, held at the Metropolitano, Atleti president Enrique Cerezo called on Atlético to win the Champions League in the Metropolitano in 2019, saying Costa will score the goal.- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) February 20, 2019
This is a brotherhood sealed for life. pic.twitter.com/XLTqNBVZIb
In contrast:- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) February 21, 2019
Szczęsny: 2 years at Juventus
De Sciglio: 2 years
Chiellini: 14 years
Bonucci: 8 years
Alex Sandro: 4 years
Bentancur: 2 years
Pjanić: 3 years
Matuidi: 2 years
Dybala: 4 years
Mandžukić: 4 years
Cristiano: 1 year
Allegri: 5 years
Simeone: 9 years pic.twitter.com/5TNzVIARaf
In Atleti's XI, not a single player had spent fewer than 5 years at the club.- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) February 21, 2019
In Juve's XI, only Chiellini and Bonucci had spent over 5 years at the club.
Average time at club:- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) February 21, 2019
Atleti: 8.67 years.
Juventus: 4.25 years.
Can Diego Simeone's side finally win the Champions League this season?
They certainly have a chance.