Turkish coach Mohamed attributed the dismissal of Atletico to social networking sites and the fans’ request for Coca to return to the club. The Argentine also criticized the repeated dismissals of the coach in Brazil, and said that his country is unable to work in it, compared to other countries.
“Decisions are made by the owners. And when those decisions are made, we have to respect them. We also think that it was created a lot by social networks, because they wanted another coach, they wanted Coca back. When the team played poorly, it was always to blame In this case, the players’ performance was never taken into account. We knew it was going to be like this, and it was going to be a tough phase, a transitional moment when the team played poorly,” Turco said, in an interview with ESPN on Monday.
Atlético club announced Antonio “El Turco” Mohamed on January 13 and led the club to two wins: Supercopa do Brasil, in a clear match against Flamengo, and Campionato Mineiro, in the final against Cruzeiro.
Even with the departure, the 52-year-old coach was full of praise for Atlético’s structure. In addition, he thanked the people in the club who came to his house to say goodbye.
“The club is at the first level, like the Mexican and European clubs. Like here in Argentina, some clubs also position themselves at this level through the building, lunch and breakfast. The truth is that the people of the club behaved 1000%. 100%. They were 1000%. I wanted to thank you for that. Because they came to my house the week we left, we had food and they came to my house to say goodbye to my house. It was so beautiful, so emotional,” he said.
Turco also criticized the repeated dismissals of technicians in Brazil. The Argentine compared similar situations in another country and mentioned the departure of Marquinhos Santos, the former American, from Ciara.
“If you are five points ahead, that is to be expected. In Spain, if Real Madrid are five points, they say they are losing a lot. Here are five points (from the leaders) and that is like a fiasco.” All that pressure is on the coach. . Every week they change coaches. every week! This week, one walking instructor fell. (And he had a good run against Sao Paulo in the Copa Sudamericana),” he criticized the coach.
“Oh, I’ll wait a bit. Until December, then the cup comes, I want to watch the World Cup quietly on TV, I sit. I’m not going (to Qatar) to watch it. In January, we’ll see. I want to leave (Argentina) again,” he predicted.
When asked if he intended to work in Argentina, Uruguay or Brazil, Torco immediately ruled out the latter option. The Argentine believes that the country is a “hurricane” and therefore does not intend to return. “Brazil, no! I’m not saying no, but a hurricane. Too many! Too many. Too many!”.
“Everyone. They are incredible, unbelievable. The people who work at the club are great. All the chefs, Der (Alexo, assistant), Lucas (Gonalves, assistant), Professor Cristiano (Nunes, physical coach). When we went to sign a contract, one of The conditions for (the board) to remain. The phenomenon is the man (referring to Cristiano Nunes). In any case, everyone who works at the club,” he said.
After Turco was fired, Atltico management quickly worked behind the scenes and arranged for Cuca to return the next day. The coach, who won the Campeonato Mineiro title, the Copa del Rey and the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2021, is in his third spell at the black and white club.
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