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Atlético faced the greatest of them all. Their budget was barely a fifth the size, well over 400m between Authentic Gordie Howe Youth Jersey them and Madrid or Barcelona; it was 18 years since they won the league; no one outside Madrid and Barcelona had taken the title in a decade; and for the previous five years the nearest anyone else had got was 17 points. And there was something else too, Godín notes: six days later, they had to play the Champions League final, against Real.“It is grandísimo what Leicester did, absolutely enormous,” he says. “But what we did, winning a league above Madrid and Barcelona in this day and age, is very big. Leicester were a very consistent team that took advantage of other teams’ inconsistencies. We won an impressive league and reached the Champions League final, which I guess makes it even more of an achievement; we had to keep winning and at the same time keep going through Champions League rounds, against very good teams.”Just as the season before they had to beat Madrid in the Copa del Rey final – at the Santiago Bernabéu.They were up against the most fearful of opponents, although they love to rebel. Godín does, too: he was born into it. It is not just Leicester that Atlético are similar to; it is home. There is something in the national psyche or its place, visible on a map. “There is a parallel with Uruguay: in the middle of two great powers, and not just in football terms, but world terms,” he says. “We’re a small country, with few players, few resources, only three million people, that has always rebelled and done big things in football – against the great powers.”They have kept doing so since. This is a one-off for Leicester; it is the fourth season in a row that Atlético are in the Champions League quarter-finals; they are seeking their third final in four years. Even more than a rebellion, it is a revolution – small wonder Gazetta dello Sport mocked up Simeone as Che Guevara. When he arrived, they were 10th and they had been beaten by a Second Division B team in the Cup. Their captain said they were “sunk”, but they won a Europa League, then the Copa del Rey, then La Liga. Here they are again: it feels natural now, the idea would have been laughable then.“We couldn’t find a way to win, which is why he came,” Godín says. “And Craig Conroy Jersey in those first six months, we improved, we built the structure, the core that’s made us so strong. We won the Europa League and had to row and row to try to make the Champions League. We missed out, just, but that provided the basis for the next season – and it went from there.”But how?“Simeone came to a place he fitted perfectly, where he was loved and had a huge amount of moral authority. Some people fit certain places: his place was Atlético,” Godín says. “He found a group of players who were waiting [for him], who wanted to rebel. It was an accumulation of things. Beyond the mental question, vital in any walk of life, there’s no great mystery: there’s a huge amount of work behind this team. We’ve been together for over five years, and that shows. What we have done is not chance.”“When you have a team that works like this and a coach everyone believes in, who they follow, when you have this momentum, a great environment around the team, success follows. The values of sport are a reality: effort, sacrifice, work. Sure, everyone says that, but it is true. We’ve created a positive wave.”rk, We’ve assimilated ideas so completely that there are things that we don’t even need to repeat.”That allows for continuity, even if new players have had to get used to new approaches: there’s almost something sadistic in the amusement felt when new arrivals struggle through the summer, but it works. Departures haven’t sunk them. “When you look at it the most decisive, most important players – the strikers – have left us each year,” Godín says. “Cholo has been able to reinvent the team. He’s brought a kid like Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad who would score a goal one week then go maybe three without and now he’s one of the best three players in the world, competing for the golden boot, great consistency.”

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