The Elche winger is reunited with ‘Cholo’, who made him debut with Estudiantes at the age of 17. “You could see different things from other coaches,” he says.
Pablo Piatti will meet again on Saturday at Elche-Atlético de Madrid with “a fundamental piece” in his career. The winger green franj will be able to greet and hug Diego Pablo ‘Cholo’ Simeone, the coach who made him debut as a professional at a youth age, with only 17 years old. It happened in 2006 with Estudiantes. And he did it through the front door. The ‘Duende’ he scored with a header in the 93rd minute to give Estudiantes a 1-2 victory over Newell’s Old Boys. Three fundamental points for those of La Plata to achieve the Apertura.
Different things were noticeable to other coaches
“He is a very special person in my life. He trusted me when he was a toddler. I will always maintain a very close bond with him, “said Piatti at a press conference this Thursday. The Argentine attacker said that learned “a lot in the professional and human aspect” at the orders of ‘Cholo’: “He takes you to work to the limit in training sessions and games. It is not necessary to describe him as a coach.”
Simeone is a very special person in my life. He trusted me when he was a toddler
Piatti pointed out that in his early days on the benches, Simeone was already “seeing a lot of different things” to become one of the best coaches in the world: “Because of his character and way of seeing and understanding football. Live the competition to the limit on a day-to-day basis. It leads you to perform at your best and be professional 24 hours a day. Other coaches don’t and he has that virtue. When he speaks, everyone is silent because you know he is going to say something important. “
When he speaks, everyone is silent because you know that he is going to say something important
The 31-year-old attacker and the ‘Cholo’ will park their friendship at Elche-Atleti, essential for both teams. The franjiverdes will look for a positive result to get out of the descent. And the rojiblancos, for their title race five days from the end. Piatti is clear that Elche have their options to achieve victory: “It will be very tough and demanding, we welcome the leader, who has a very complete squad. But in the best league in the world you can beat anyone. We must not be self-conscious about anyone. With our virtues, we can stand up to anyone “.
We must not be self-conscious about anyone. With our virtues, we can stand up to anyone
The ‘Duende’ does not see “so down” to the rojiblancos, who link four starts without winning and will lose first place if Barcelona surpasses Granada this Thursday. “He has a lot of resources and I know the coach very well”, said Piatti, who does not sign the tie: “Living with the limit of relegation, I think that everything that is adding is welcome. But that does not mean that we are going to seek a tie. If you do, the most normal thing is to lose. We must realize that we can win. “
After his first start last day against Levante (1-0), hopes to continue in the eleven: “I came to the squad at the last minute, with little time to finish LaLiga, and after a long time without competing. But it means nothing or an excuse. I played more than eighty minutes. I found myself very well. I can contribute a lot of things to the team. But maintaining ownership depends on the coach. “
Based on his extensive experience in Primera, Piatti is “clear that the strongest team mentally will remain” in the elite. “There will be bumps and lows. We find ourselves on the decline again, but if we fight with that mental barrier, it will be easier to face the games. We must live with that feeling and have a regular mental line,” said the La Carlota footballer, who is “convinced” that the franjiverdes will achieve permanence.