The incredible record that Simeone could beat against Real MadridTwo of the best coaches of the 21st century meet again in their 13th derby. The French is better off on the balance sheet: he has won four for two victories for the Argentine.
Two of the best coaches of the 21st century, face to face in a derby with a taste for the final of the League. Both, referents in their respective clubs and in charge of building two of the most winning projects in the history of Spanish football. Zidane has kept Madrid at the top for almost five years in which he has lifted 11 titles. Among them, three Champions, two Club World Cups and two Leagues. Win a cup every 22 games.
For his part, Simeone reached an Atletico in depression in 2011 and has returned him to the elite of European football. He has given the Aleti team 7 titles, including a League after 18 years without winning it and two Europa League. In addition, it has led him to two of the three Champions League finals that it has played in his 117 years of history. They have reaped their triumphs with two different styles, but with points in common.
Simeone bases his game on defensive consistency and this is shown by his numbers: his team only concedes 0.7 goals per game. Zidane, from the Italian school because of his past as second of Ancelotti, also relies a lot on a fierce defense (he receives 1.3 per match), but tries to be more protagonist with the ball. His Madrid scores 2.3 goals per game, a figure that has worsened in the last two seasons but is still better than that of his neighbor (1.6).
However, these are just numbers, and they lose value, once the ball starts rolling in the Wanda Metropolitano. What is true is that, this derby is even more special for Simeone. Cholo has 308 victories in official matches with the Rojiblanco team and is tied with another club legend, Luis Aragonés. If Atlético defeats its eternal rival, the Argentine leader will be the coach with the most triumphs in the history of the entity.
The personal duel between the goalkeepers
Sunday's derby is not only decisive for the title. The match will also measure the aspirations of Jan Oblak and Thibaut Courtois to be the goalkeeper with the fewest goals in the League. The Slovenian and the Belgian have shared the award for the goalkeeper with the least thrashing in the League seven of the last eight seasons. A period of shared hegemony only interrupted by Claudio Bravo under the sticks of the Barcelona goal in 2014-2015. They are the goalkeepers who have cleared their goal the most in this League. 12 Oblak games, 11 Courtois, so they will try to do it again, to continue their fight for personal achievement.