Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes that former Spain coach Luis Aragones, who died over the weekend at the age of 75, would have been proud to see his former club sitting at the top of Spain’s La Liga standings for the first time in 18 years. The last time Los Colchoneros were in the same position was during the double-winning 1995-96 season.
Atleti leapfrogged Barcelona in the standings on Sunday after beating Real Sociedad 4-0. Barca had dropped points on Saturday losing 3-2 at home to Valencia. After the game, Simeone hailed his players and paid tribute to Aragones. “The match was difficult despite what the result says,” the Argentine said. “The first 20 minutes were especially tough but we made changes that worked.” He added that Aragones, who played for and coached Atleti, “was a brave fighter and today he would be proud.” Simeone added: “The heavens are red and white. This team is a lot like him.”