Diego's stock plummeted after his underwhelming Juventus stint where he fell out with manager Ciro Ferrera and headed for an acrimonious exit. The Brazilian did not endeared himself at Wolfsburg with his temperamental ways and he was loaned out to Atletico.
The move seems to have paid off. Diego seems to have re-discovered his Werder Bremen form which established him as one of the world's pre-eminent creative forces. In Radamel Falcao and Adrian Lopez, he's found the two perfect outlets. And there is the slippery and omnipresent Arda Turan, whose persistence paid off in Atletico's first goal. It's an attack machine and the question for Diego Simeone is to tighten up the defense so that Atletico remains competitive in the upper echelons.
Yesterday, Diego was the catalyst behind all the set pieces that troubled Valencia no end. A beautifully calculated long ball found Falcao beating the offside trap and the Colombian, messi-esquely used his left foot to dance around defenders before uncoiling a peach for his brace and Atletico's fourth and final goal.
Valencia are by no means out of it. They captured two vital away goals through Jonas and a late Diego Costa strike setting up an intriguingly poised return at the Mestalla. Stay tuned.