Diego Simeone’s former Atletico Madrid assistant and team-mate German Burgos claims his long time Argentine friend has stopped answering his calls… but he still backs him to win LaLiga with Spanish side
- German Burgos was Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid assistant until the summer
- Duo had previously been team-mates with Atletico as well as Argentina
- Burgos claims Simeone did not respond to him after 2-0 defeat by Real Madrid
German Burgos claims that Diego Simeone has stopped replying to his messages just months after he stepped away from his assistant manager role at Atletico Madrid.
The Argentine was a key member of manager Simeone’s backroom team from 2011 right up until the summer when he departed after failing to agree a new contract.
Burgos played with Sjmeone at Atletico before retiring in 2004 and also featured alongside the Argentine for the national team between 1995 and 2002.
German Burgos (above) was assistant to Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid until the summer
‘I called him when he was sick with Covid. We have a friendship for many years. I have had lunch and dinner with him more than with my family,’ he told Marca.
‘We have been together eight years in the Argentine national team and five years at Atletico Madrid as players and then ten as coaches.
‘Friends talk when the other friend has something wrong, I don’t like to bother. I talk to him when it’s wrong.
But Burgos (left) claims Simeone (right) has since stopped replying to his messages. Above the pair are pictured in a training session from February 2019
‘It seems he changed his phone number, but I’m going to get the new one because I texted him when after game against Real Madrid, but he didn’t answer me … ‘.
Despite appearing to be given the cold shoulder following Atletico’s Madrid’s 2-0 defeat by their city rivals at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium, Burgos believes his former side will go on to win the Spanish title for the first time since 2014.
Defeat by Real means the two clubs are level on points at the top of the table along with Real Sociedad, but Atletico have two games in hand with Zinedine Zidane’s outfit as well as three with surprise package Sociedad.
‘Atlético are favorites to win LaLiga’, the 51-year-old claimed. ‘They are more than favourites, they have championship numbers.’
Simeone’s side are currently top of LaLiga despite a recent 2-0 defeat by Real Madrid
Burgos believes Simeone’s side are favourties to win LaLiga for the first time since 2014
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