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This clip shows just how Atletico beat Real and why Diego Simeone is so in-demand

The impact that the Argentine coach is having at the club is nothing short of remarkable.

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IT WAS A relentless performance from Atletico Madrid last Saturday and it enabled them to get the better of local rivals Real and lay down another firm marker.

Right now, Diego Simeone’s side are the hottest ticket in town.

It wasn’t just about the 1-0 victory but the way in which the three points were earned. As Sid Lowe pointed out in The Guardian, Atleti’s hard-work was exemplified by how they covered 11km more than the Real players.

And there’s one video clip in particular that sums up the strategy deployed by Simeone and why he’s so in-demand as a manager.

There’s the defensive foundation – the pressing in key areas. There’s the ability to slow things down and keep the ball. And there’s the quick transition to attack, leading to chances being created.

This isn’t even forty seconds of footage but what a brilliant representation of what makes Atleti so formidable.

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