Koke and Simeone, a legendary duo

The captain is indisputable, he is the engine of Atlético and has played 313 First Division matches with the coach, the society that has coincided the most in the history of the League.


Koke, Simeone and Atlético de Madrid. An indissoluble triangle. The first two represent the third for years and are key pieces in the successes of the recent history of the club. The captain and the coach form a legendary pairing, a society that has lived together more First Division matches than any other. The derby was the 313rd La Liga match that Simeone had Koke play, an all-time record for the competition.The medium is the only rojiblanco of the current squad who has dressed as an rojiblanco in all the seasons of the Cholo era. There have been ten campaigns, the first since the break and Christmas and the last one still to be finished, so the percentage of games played is very high: 6 has been in 313 of the 351 days (89.2%) that Simeone has been running. Koke left Zoco yesterday, which participated in 312 under the command of Miguel Muñoz, between 1962 and 1974.Godín, Gabi, Saúl ...

Koke, with his 10 cholism courses, is the advantageous student, with a clear distance from the others. Among all the competitions, he has played 451 games with the Argentine coach. Behind are Godín, with 344 games (two seasons less, this one and the previous one) and Gabi (329, came out in 2018). Climbing positions come Saúl, who has 323 and in the derby he equaled Juanfran, and Oblak, with 289, still far away, but also fixed for the coach.

For the captain, in addition to becoming strong in the locker room since the heavyweights came out in 2019, this season has been important for his sporting role. Indisputable in the axis, as a single center half, it has shone, it has created a very interesting partnership with Lemar and Llorente and, as a prize, it has recovered its place in the National Team. In the derby he gave a new lesson in authority, starting the rojiblanco game, which always goes through his boots, and performing other functions that look less, helping Atlético not break. Ahead he had a major challenge: tie Casemiro, Kroos and Modric. And it did not disappoint.

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