Atletico Madrid have yet to handle any transfer activity this summer but have started to reshape things from the bench. On Wednesday afternoon, the club announced that Gustavo Lopez would join their coaching staff ahead of the upcoming season.
Lopez spent 12 years in Spain as a player, mostly at Celta Vigo, as well as shorter stints at Real Zaragoza and Cadiz. Lopez was a solid striker and also played for Argentina for 7 years where he crossed paths with manager Diego Simeone.
The last 12 years of his career have been as a Spanish football analyst at Movistar+ and SER, according to Diario AS. No further information has been given as to what role he will play, but he joins assistant coach Nelson Vivas, physical coach Oscar Ortega, technical assistant Hernan Bonvicini and goalkeeper coach Pablo Vercellone in the coaching team.
Simeone continues to surround himself with a trusted team that he knows personally. Atletico hope it works out better than the last time a top TV analyst walked into top-level training. Although Lopez is not a manager per se, Gary Neville serves as a warning that the transition is far from easy.