“Until Rodrygo’s goal, the team competed very well, but as the game progressed it became difficult to counteract”


The Atlético de Madrid coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, was “happy” with the performance of his players, despite the defeat this Thursday in extra time against Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, at the same time time that he questioned some arbitration decisions, recognized the superiority of the white team in front of goal and left some unknowns about his future.

“The players are decisive, Madrid was once again superior in the most important moments. We had some situations, but when they compete in this way there are few things to claim from the team. We were left out of the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and we The second round of the League remains. Afterwards, calmly, we will look at what is best for all of us”, said the coach at a press conference.

“We were left out of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, the team has a whole second round. I am enormously happy to be at Atlético from the day I arrived and until the day I leave I will leave everything, giving myself 1000 per 1000” he added.

The Argentine praised his team’s game, although he highlighted the importance of Savic’s sending off in the future of the clash. “For me we played a very good game, until minute 70 with the lack of Ceballos who did not receive the second yellow. But it did not happen and after a few minutes Savic was sent off. Until Rodrygo’s goal the team competed very well, but As the game progressed, it became difficult to counteract,” he said.

In this sense, the Argentinian commented on the arbitration performance and recalled some of the most controversial plays. “I asked the referee about Morata. He did not charge Álvaro any foul and he told me that Álvaro often exaggerates his falls, although he also acknowledged that he ate the action in which he had to leave. Ceballos could see the yellow but he did not see it and Savic yes. We are bad for the result, but happy with how we compete”, he pointed out.

Lastly, the ‘Cholo’ made self-criticism and thanked the affection of his few fans at the Santiago Bernabéu. “The first person in charge is me, but I’m leaving happy. We came to a field with only 100 of our fans full of Madrid fans and even so we competed very well,” he concluded.