Ancelotti and Simeone, as players and coaches, can be considered real specialists in the derby. Their prolific career has prompted them to meet and live through all sorts of experiences in other tournaments, other than the Madrid date they currently occupy with Sunday’s game at the Bernabéu (9:00pm, Movistar LaLiga).
The Argentine was already known as a Madrid derby adventure player and adventurer from his two phases in the Vicente Calderon. On five occasions he faced Real Madrid defending the red and white shirt and lost all five. He scored a goal and saw a red card. Since joining the Atletico bench in December 2011, he has already played 34 matches against Real Madrid with nine wins, 13 draws and 12 losses. The one on the horizon will be his 14th head-to-head against Ancelotti. And that the Italian, in his first stage with Madrid, spent only two seasons: 2013-14 and 2014-15. In these two tournaments they faced each other up to 13 times and in all possible competitions, except for the Club World Cup.
The main conclusions of the analysis of these head-to-head confrontations are that Ancelotti did not defeat Simeone in the league (1 draw, 3 defeats); that Cholo did not beat Carlo in the Champions League (lost the final tie and the quarter-final); that they both took a round cup; And that the Argentine won the Spanish Super Cup final, where they faced each other. The five confrontations in the first year had a positive balance for the Real Madrid player: three wins, one draw and one defeat. And the eight – yes, eight – of the second, were red and white: (four wins, three draws and one loss). Never in the history of the two clubs have they played so many derbies in the same season.
In his red and white contract, Simeone, in addition to Ancelotti, faced five other white coaches: Mourinho (one win, three defeats), Benitez (one draw); Zidane (two wins, seven draws and four losses), Lopetegui (one win, one draw) and Solari (one loss).
The big confrontation against Liverpool
As a coach, Ancelotti, in addition to the Madrid derby, has similar experiences in Italy, Germany, France and England. If as a player he lived Roma-Lazio and Milan-Inter, as a coach he made his debut in the 1999-2000 season in Juventus Turin with a win and a draw. His jump to the bench in Milan allowed him to revive the Madonnina derby against Inter with a proper balance: 10 wins, three draws and six losses.
His arrival at Chelsea widened his knowledge of the matter due to the proliferation of domestic derbies taking place in the English capital, although traditionally his club has always had duels against Queens Park Rangers and Fulham (the West London derby) in a special way. ), and Arsenal (Northwest derby). In Paris Saint-Germain, in the absence of a direct competitor from the citizens, learn about the dangerous competition against Olympique de Marseille, a national classic very similar to Real Madrid-Barcelona due to all the social and political implications it brings. together. He also did not find a direct confrontation in Munich, and the biggest matches of this season were against Borussia Dortmund.
Returning to Italy, to Naples, and also in the absence of a local rival, allowed him to take back the derby of the sun against the two big clubs of the capital, Lazio and Roma, something he had previously experienced as a player from Roma. He had no chance to dispute that Campania against Salernitana. His return to prime minister, to Everton, would have incorporated the big showdown with Liverpool. It is probably the most authentic and bloodiest derby in the UK due to the rivalry among the fans. On three occasions he lived the experience on the bench with one win and two draws.
Duel with Angel Kappa
Simeone also arrived at the Vicente Calderon. Although his career on the bench was shorter, he carried a handful of nationals duels in his backpack, especially in Argentina, where Buenos Aires is probably the city with the most local derbies. As a Racing, two-stage coach, Cholo had Independiente as a historic contender. In the first trial (2005-2006) he lost 0-2. In the second (2011) the tie (1-1) began. On the student bench, he became his opponent in gymnastics and fencing and won all three matches between 2006 and 2007.
He signed for River Plate, and the enemy was none other than Boca Juniors. Two matches, and at least two losses in 2008. With San Lorenzo, the rivalry against Huracan was discussed, then coached by Angel Capa. One away win per team (2009).
Her jump into Italian football, to Catania, she gave him the big Sicilian derby against Palermo. Simeone was knocked out on the shoulders of the Angelo Massimino stadium almost after 4-0. That afternoon, Chulo’s team played with nine Argentine players and two Italians.