Tonight, the Metropolitan's stand will see Germán Burgos again (Mar del Plata, 1969) giving orders from the band and Diego Simeone, becoming disdained and trying to hit the ball from one of the boxes. The situation is not new for either. The enthusiasm and excesses (verbal and nonverbal) of Cholo have allowed the second rojiblanco coach to lead the baton in almost twenty games since both landed hand in Atlético, in December 2011. It could still have been some more, of not having prescribed the eight punishment matches to Simeone after the return of the 2014 Super Cup: he gave two clubs to the fourth referee and protested and applauded, equally, Fernández Borbalán .
However, this may be the last time Burgos made the take off his countryman. Everything will depend on the momentum of Simeone from here to June, of course. The fact is that Germán will turn 51 in April and, after almost nine as his friend's second (just over eight in Atlético and another five months -18 games- in Italian Catania ), the idea of leading a bench
Thought is not new, only this time it has more strength. Just a year ago, after putting himself in the hands of the representation agency Bahía Internacional (the same one that leads to Vitolo or Fernando Torres ), he did not appear in the renewal photo of Simeone until 2022. Although it was not the first time. His previous extensions had already 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 club rojiblanco.
In any case, the decision will not be known until the end of the season, so as not to interfere in the course of Atlético. Of course, as suggested from nearby circles to the former Argentine goalkeeper, right now it would be closer to flying than to continue as second on board.
«Simeone and he have always been as one person. They have always been connected and with the same thoughts », players who passed through the rojiblanco locker room tell this newspaper, for whom it would be no surprise to take the road alone. "It greatly influences the changes during the matches and is responsible for making the strategy," they add. Interestingly, the destination wanted Germán to have to take command in three of the finals that Atlético won: Supercup 2014 return (Simeone was ejected before half an hour), Europa League 2018 and European Supercup 2018 .
Anecdotes in the Carabanchel
If he finally takes the step, it would not be the first time he was a starter. El Mono directed the modest Madrid club of Carabanchel , which he promoted from First Regional to Preferred in 2010. From that time there are a handful of anecdotes. “I was going to debut in the field of land of the Europa Park (Leganés) and we went to measure it. We have steps in dimensions and he adapted the training to the measures where we were going to play, ”recalls Manuel Renedo, known as Teja , who was his second coach. «When I won, if I had had coffee in one place, I returned before the next game. He was an uncle of customs », abounds.
Germán lost 20 kilos in those intense months at Campo de La Mina , where he never lost sight of his chronometer ("he always had it hanging") or his classic slate folder. «I came to change the system several times during the same game. He was very methodical and a soccer scholar, although always very close to the players, ”concludes Teja, recalling those entertaining, but very intense, tight-fitting workouts that always hid some tactical surprise.
«Germán has an idea that one day he will be technical. He is restless and at some point I imagine him as head coach, ”Simeone admitted last summer. The moment of Burgos, inseparable from Cholo, is approaching. Nelson Vivas, who arrived in 2018 to replace Tiago, would have to fill the void.
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