Mohamed beats his childhood friend, Diego Simeone

It had been two months since they saw each other the last time, today Antonio Mohamed defeated his childhood friend Diego Simeone.

Here’s a fun fact you may not know, Celta de Vigo manager Antonio Mohamed is Diego Simeone’s childhood friend, they have shared a friendship since they were 7 years old. The two managers met each other at the Velez Sarsfield youth academy when they were little kids, they used to talk about their plans of becoming professional players ever since and they would challenge each other to become better at what they did. Eventually, both really did become professionals, but their careers took different paths as Simeone went to become an elite footballer in European football, whereas Mohamed made a career in Mexican football as one of the best offensive midfielders to ever play in the Mexican First Division. The pair never lost touch as childhood friends, they kept tags on each other and met during countless summers on vacations. After retirement from football, both men started a career as managers and both of them have enjoyed success on different levels of football.

Antonio Mohamed became one of the best managers in Mexican football, he won two Liga MX titles with Xolos from Tijuana and Club America, he also had a spectacular run with Monterrey but wasn’t able to win the title. As far as Diego Simeone goes, you all know how he’s become one of the best managers in the world for Atletico Madrid but he had to start his career as a coach in his native Argentina. ‘Cholo’ won the league title with River Plate before getting an offer to manage the Colchoneros, the rest is history, Simeone today is one of the best managers in Europe and he means to start a revolution with Atletico Madrid that aims to reach the Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium by the end of the season. But Simeone knows that the most complicated tournament for them will be La Liga, this Saturday he got a taste of just how difficult it will be. Today ‘Cholo’ got handed his first defeat of the tournament by his childhood friend, Antonio Mohamed.

Mohamed’s best trades at Celta.

The match at Balaidos was a joy to watch between two managers who are tactical geniuses, but this time Mohamed was the one who came out on top mostly because of his club’s local status in today’s match. However, Celta’s defensive organization is another strength from Mohamed’s side, and having the Aspas/Gomez attacking duo doesn’t hurt. The two players up front are on fire right now, each of them scored a goal and they managed to take three points from this match against the European Super Champions. Celta also won this match due to defensive mistakes that Atletico Madrid made throughout the game, but the most important was Diego Godin’s slip just before Maxi Gomez’s first goal during the start of the second half. Celta’s number ‘9’ himself was the one who set up Iago Aspas for a gorgeous header, which effectively gave Celta the three points that keep them as one of the undefeated clubs in La Liga so far this season.

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Now that Diego Simeone has already proved himself at the biggest stage, it’s only fitting that his childhood friend Mohamed did the same against his own pal’s team. Antonio is only 26 days older than Diego, they have similar football philosophies and playing styles and La Liga now knows that there is a new top manager in Spain that came to succeed just like his friend has on the very first European football experience of his career. Somewhere in Mexico, the Football Federation is regretting the moment they let Antonio Mohamed leave the country, they hesitated to offer him the job even after he clearly expressed his desire to manage the national team. It looks like Mohamed came to Spain to stay for a long time, his first few matches at Celta have been a total success and there will be a lot more to come this season from a truly great manager that took a little long to come to Europe. We wish Mohamed all the luck in the world, as we are certain that Diego Simeone does too.

What do you think about Celta de Vigo’s first three matches of this new La Liga season under Antonio Mohamed? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

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