Kieran Trippier Eager to Learn from 'Unbelievable Manager' Diego Simeone

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 1, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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Kieran Trippier is keen to learn from Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone following his move from Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old joined on a three-year contract, and he's looking forward to working with the Argentinian:

Per Goal's Patric Ridge, he told Atletico's website:

"It's an amazing feeling. I've always wanted to play abroad, and what a place to play.

"A fantastic team, an unbelievable manager and I'm just looking forward to getting on with it now.

"They've been to some major finals, they've done so well in La Liga over the years. They have world-class players and a brilliant manager.

"I can't wait to work with the manager, learn from the manager and help the team be a success in the future. You can see how close he is with his squad."

Simeone took charge of the club in 2011, and he's won La Liga and the Copa del Rey once apiece and the UEFA Europa League twice. He has also guided Los Rojiblancos to two UEFA Champions League finals.

The team have finished in the top three of the Spanish top flight in each of his seven full campaigns in charge. The last time they had done so before he took over was in 2002.

Tom Allnutt of AFP and football commentator Adam Summerton believe the coach could improve Tripper's game:

Tom Allnutt @TomAllnuttAFP

Fair play to Trippier, had other offers in England but instead takes on huge challenge in a different country, with the most demanding defensive coach in the world. In a new-look Atleti back 4, could be just the reboot he needs.

Adam Summerton @adamsummerton

Not long ago English footballers were criticised for not expanding their horizons. Now I’m seeing wisdom of Trippier’s Atleti move being questioned. Honestly can’t see anything but positives - Simeone a great coach to work on certain deficiencies in his game too

The right-back's delivery from open play and set pieces make him a valuable contributor in the final third, but he can be inconsistent with the defensive side of the game.

He struggled for Spurs last season on the back of what had been an excellent 2018 FIFA World Cup with England.

Simeone's Atleti side are known for their solidity at the back, having conceded an average of just 26 La Liga goals a season in his seven full campaigns as manager.

If he can help Trippier hone his defensive capabilities, the Englishman will be a fine asset in the Spanish capital.


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