The Argentine announces his departure after more than eight years with Simeone in Madrid. Nelson Vivas take his place.
Under normal circumstances, at this point in the year the Athletics would have solved their sporting affairs. And Mono Burgos, who never wanted his personal situation to interfere with the team's operation, would have announced, surely before, what was already a secret out loud : he leaves Simeone to start his adventure as the first coach. "At the end of this 19/20 season, I will start my steps as head coach", revealed smiling in an official interview with the Rojiblanco club. Cap, glasses, tracksuit and a waste of happiness. Pure Mono Burgos. From now on he will fly alone, after eight and a half years in the Attic with Simeone, with whom he also shared another half year in the Italian Catania.
"I think with more than 10 years of experience in First Division, I think I am more than capable of directing the destinies of a team, "explained the Argentine, who claimed to carry within the spirit of Luis Aragons Carlos Griguol Marcelo Bielsa or the Bull Gallego . People who have influenced his approach to things on the field as a coach. Like Diego Pablo Simeone of course: "He is a friend. We understand each other with a look, with a head butt. I have had lunch and dinner more with him than with my family".
Just after his 51st birthday, Burgos considers that his time has come to lead a bench. Just a year ago, after putting itself in the hands of the Baha International representation agency (the same one that leads Vitolo or Fernando Torres ), he did not appear in Simeone's renovation photo until 2022. Although it was not the first time. His previous extensions had already been negotiated on his own, after dispensing with the services of Natalia Simeone sister and representative of Cholo, who had managed his early days at the rojiblanco club.
His destination will not be officially known until the season is resolved. And that does not happen until August, when the Champions League closes. Had it not been for the Covid-19 crisis, by then he would be in command of his new group of players. A destiny that has not transcended. "After the embrace of winning LaLiga at the Camp Nou and the one in March at Anfield, we owe it to ourselves the third when we lift the Champions League. We still have goals to fulfill and I want to withdraw from the Athletic League as champion."
Nelson Vivas, his substitute
A decision that has come as no surprise to either the dressing room or the players who passed through his hands. "He has always had a great influence on the changes during the games and he was in charge of making the strategy. He is more than prepared," said people who were by his side. Curiously, fate wanted these years that Germán had to assume command in three of the finals that the Attic won: return of the Super Cup 2014 (Simeone was expelled before half an hour), Europe League 2018 and European Super Cup 2018. The last time he had to practice as first coach was at the end of February, in the Metropolitano, in front of Villarreal.
His hole was fill his compatriot Nelson Vivas who landed in 2018 to fill the gap of Tiago and from the next season try to do the same with that of Mono Burgos. A mission that is not a small thing. "I need to take this step because many of the players will happen to them too. They are going to try to pursue a dream and I am going to look for it," says Germn, proud to have seen "children" like Sal, Koke, Thomas grow (whom he always calls Toms) or Gimnez and even having trained world champions like Torres, Villa, Lucas, Griezmann or Lemar. Five of the seven that the Atlético has had. Since August, fly alone.
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