Atlético Madrid produced a significant victory over Athletic Club on Sunday afternoon. The 3-1 decision, with two goals from Fernando Torres and another from Ángel Correa, sent off Estadio Vicente Calderón in impressive style. It also served as a solid prelude to a post-match ceremony which saw Atlético players past and present bring onto the pitch every trophy won by the club since the move to the Calderón in 1966, starting with the 1969-70 Liga title and ending with the 2014 Supercopa de España.
Gabi and Pichichi-winning forward José Garate made brief remarks after each trophy was carried out, as did Diego Simeone. The stadium fell dead silent when Simeone took the mic, but soon would roar back to life as he described the emotion of supporting Atlético.
“Other teams may have more money or win more trophies, but they will never be able to match the feeling you have for Atlético,” Simeone said.
Oh, and he also announced that he will return as coach for the 2017-18 season.
“The media always asks me if I will stay,” Simeone said. “Yes, I am going to stay. And do you know why I am going to stay? I’m going to stay because this club has a future and the future is all of us, together.”
There ya go. Everyone, together, to A Stadium Called Wanda, and the dawn of a new day.