Mono Burgos says goodbye without the dream of the Champions

Simeone's assistant closes his stage at Atlético without being able to be European champion, which would have been the culmination of his career in the entity.


Germán 'Mono' Burgos (51 years old) says goodbye to his soul team. The Argentine, until now Simeone's second coach, announced on June 3 that this would be his last season with his friend and mentor. At the end of this campaign (something that has already happened after being eliminated in the Champions League against Leipzig), he will leave his position as Cholo's assistant with the intention of taking the reins of a team as head coach. Despite the fact that he has sounded like a candidate for the bench of clubs such as Alavés (who finally chose Machín), it is not yet known what his next destination will be.

Burgos joined the rojiblanco coaching staff under Simeone on December 23, 2011 to return Atlético to its rightful place among the greats of our league. Since then, the colchoneros have lived through the most glorious time in their history, reaping seven titles in these eight and a half years. In addition, to this stage on the bench must be added the three years that he was part of the squad as a player, which he reached with the team in the Second Division in the 2001-02 campaign from Mallorca. He left in 2004-2005 after playing 67 games and conceding 76 goals.

In the 2011-12 campaign, the Argentine duo joined the team in the middle of the course and managed to win the Europa League by defeating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in Bucharest. At the beginning of the following season, the rojiblancos added a new title by winning the European Super Cup, beating Chelsea 1-4 in Monaco. That same year they took the Copa del Rey by beating Real Madrid 1-2 at the Santiago Bernabéu.

In 2013-14 Simeone and Burgos achieved their greatest success so far by proclaiming themselves League champions. That allowed them to open the following year by playing the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid. Cholo's pupils took the trophy after drawing one in the Madrid fiefdom (goals by James Rodríguez and Raúl García) and winning at home 1-0 with a Mandzukic target.

The next title was made to wait until the 2017-18 campaign, when the colchoneros won the Europa League by defeating Olympique de Marseille in Lyon 3-0. Being champions of the second continental competition gave them the right to play the European Super Cup against the winner of the Champions League, which was Real Madrid. The derby was resolved in extra time in favor of the Atléticos by winning 2-4.

However, analyzing the track record obtained by the Simeone-Burgos duo, it is observed that they have achieved all possible titles except one: the Champions League. Atlético have fingered the European champion trophy twice at this stage. In both finals the rival was the same (Real Madrid) and the outcome was similar: the whites added it to their showcases. The first of these took place at the Da Luz stadium in Lisbon and the Madridistas won 4-1 in extra time after drawing Godín's goal in 36 'with a header from Sergio Ramos in 93'. The other final was held two years later and the setting was the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan. On this occasion, the end was even more cruel for Atlético, as the defeat came on penalties after reaching 1-1 at the end of extra time.

That is precisely the thorn in the 'Monkey': not being able to say goodbye to his club by making him King of Europe. This year there was a good opportunity with the final to eight that was played in Lisbon and in which the colchoneros faced Leipzig in the quarterfinals in a single match. Finally, the Germans took the duel by winning 2-1, leaving Burgos without fulfilling his dream. Perhaps, in the future, if you decide to return home, you can have another chance and make up for this bad taste in your mouth at your farewell.

In this time, Burgos has been in 478 games as Simeone's assistant (326 in LaLiga, 48 in Copa del Rey, 6 in the Spanish Super Cup, 70 in the Champions League, 26 in the Europa League and 2 in the European Super Cup). Of them, Burgos has had to lead the baton in 18, including two continental finals: the 2018 Europa League against Marseille in Lyon and the European Super Cup that same year in Tallinn against Real Madrid. In total, the balance of the 'Mono' as head of the mattress bench is 13 wins, three draws and only two defeats.

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