Australian-based coach Andy Ord recently spent time observing Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.
The 34-year old got the chance to shadow Rojiblancos manager Diego Simeone recently, as well as spending time with Villarreal and Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, and told au.fourfourtwo.com that he learnt plenty as he continues his coaching education.
In particular, Ord witnessed that Simeone has Atletico in a very good position by surrounding himself with very good people such as former Atletico teammates Juan Vizcaino and Jose Luis Caminero and ex-Argentine international German Burgos.
“The vibe around the place (Atletico) is very close knit as Diego Simeone has brought in a lot of people that were part of the title winning team when he was a player,” he said of the second-placed team in Spain’s top flight.
“Team spirit is outstanding and he has moulded the team in his own style. The players will do anything to win and are really hard to beat.
“They defend quite deep and keep it tight not conceding many goals then try and hit teams quickly on the break.
“Up front they have Diego Costa who is going to be a massive star. He is a match winner and at times unplayable. He can hold the ball up, dribble at speed, shoot with either foot and is dangerous in the air.
“Again it’s made me understand that being a good coach is only one part of the package; being able to get players to sacrifice for each other and work so hard that they are fitter than the rest is still an important part of the puzzle.
“They sold Radamel Falcao in the off season but have proved that the team is bigger than any individual and have improved. Staff and players are all in it together and it’s a great time to be part of the club.”
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