September 30, 2022
Diego Simeone vs Carlo Ancelotti: The major duel in the Madrid derby at La Liga Santander


File image of Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti together.© La Liga

The Madrid Derby is much more than a football match. It’s not just about a three-point fight; It’s all about winning for two ardent fans present in the Spanish capital. And few know this better than the coaches of Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti. The two know each other perfectly, and in keeping with the Italian coach’s two spells at Real Madrid, they have met on six separate occasions in LaLiga Santander. The balance is in Argentina’s favor. Under El Cholo’s leadership, Atleti have managed to win four of the six Madrid derbies against the Italian. Overall, in all competitions, it is seven wins for Simeone, six wins for Ancelotti and four draws in their 17 meetings.

First Madrid derby between Simeone and Ancelotti

The first time these two iconic coaches met in LaLiga Santander was in the 2013/14 season. This was Ancelotti’s first season as coach of Real Madrid, and perhaps the Argentine experience in this type of derby played a significant role. Atlético de Madrid stunned the Santiago Bernabéu crowd, winning 1–0 with an 11th-minute goal from Diego Costa.

The same season, which Atleti ended as champions, the return derby at the old Estadio Vicente Calderón ended in a 2–2 draw. Karim Benzema opened the scoring three minutes before equalizing with a fine cross-shot from Coke. Just before half time, Los Rosiblancos turned the game around with a shot from midfield by Gabby. Cristiano Ronaldo then leveled in the 82nd minute, leading to the only league draw ever between Simeone and Ancelotti.

In the following season, Simeone was able to win both Madrid derbies. Atleti went on to win 2–1 away from the Santiago Bernabéu, before securing a historic 4–0 victory in an unforgettable encounter at Vicente Calderón.

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One win in each previous season

After failing to get Simeone an over in his first stint at LaLiga Santander, Ancelotti secured his first Madrid derby league win in 2021/22. Goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio gave Real Madrid a 2-0 win at the start of the previous campaign, with Los Blancos winning the championship. In the second meeting, at the end of the previous season, Atleti took some revenge against the champions by winning 1–0 in Metropolitano courtesy of a Yannick Carrasco penalty.

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