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Simeone Has Made History, & Ferguson is Unreachable. The Most Successful & Loyal Managers of the UCL

The victory in the return match against Inter was Diego Simeone's 51st at the helm of Atlético Madrid in the Champions League – making him only the fourth coach to achieve this milestone with one club. Well, if Manchester City loses at home after their 3-3 away draw with Real Madrid and exits the tournament. At the same time, Atlético triumphantly reaches the final and wins the trophy. Diego will catch up with Pep Guardiola.

The competition among the top four coaches on the list is fierce. All of them have worked continuously at their respective clubs, with Carlo Ancelotti, who is catching up to them, having two successful stints at Real. His effectiveness is on par with the others: in titles, 1:1, and in win percentage, 75.5% (2013-2015) versus 70.6% (2021-2024).

However, surpassing Sir Alex Ferguson's record is a monumental task for anyone on the list. Arsène Wenger has retired, Guardiola is unlikely to stay long at City, and neither will Ancelotti at Real. As for Simeone, it took him 11 years to reach his 51st victory – a testament to his perseverance and dedication. The question remains: will the Argentine work at the club of his life for another equal amount of time?

Published by Patrick Jane