Words can hurt. For months, fans around the world have attacked Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid side for its hard-hitting style. Sooner or later, that has to have an impact.
After weeks of therapy and discussing their feelings, wrestling with the existential dilemma of being the playground brute, Atlético defenders have finally gotten gun shy. The result: Giving up three early goals at the Mestalla.
Good luck avoiding Simeone in the locker room and for the rest of your lives.