Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Pablo Simeone has been “proud” of his players, who have shown “personality and hierarchy”, after the victory against Porto (1-3) and the move to the second round of the Champions League, and has stated that “the groups always end up winning” and not just the eleven on the pitch.

“I am happy and proud of my players. Today they once again showed personality, hierarchy, knowing how to suffer and recovering from difficulties. We didn’t have three out of four central centers. Vrsaljko’s incredible game, Kondogbia’s very good game, compensating among all and getting ahead a game that was exciting, with goals, with counterattacks, with suffering, with great saves from Oblak, “he told Movistar + after the match.

In addition, he praised the great second part of his own. “It was a ‘Champions’ match, with all the arguments that a ‘Champions’ match has. The rival had the option to qualify by tying, because Milan lost, and it is a competitive team that scores very few goals, they compete very Well, fight, work … We had great performances and a great performance as a team. We did a second half as we imagined and as we wanted, “he stressed.

“I do not stop at what is happening, we always look forward to what we are doing. Since last season, only two or three footballers came, very good, who must be involved and put where the team can function better. what I stay, and it is the most important thing for them, is that the groups and the teams end up winning, the ones that all work on the same thing, “he continued.

All to pass as seconds in a Group B in which “Liverpool was better” in the aggregate count. “In the sum of games between Porto, Milan and us, we were the best,” he said.

On the other hand, the Argentine coach highlighted the great game of Sime Vrsaljko, crying with emotion after the final whistle. “It makes me very happy for him. He played the whole second half with a bruised face, let’s hope it’s nothing. This is good for when you talk to the group and tell everyone that they are important and that one day, the one who plays Less, he will play. Today it was his turn. We had played with him in preseason several central games on the right. “

“He does it very well, because he has strength, speed, heading, he has a strong passing … He fulfilled all the requirements of the match,” he said, before also congratulating himself on the performance of Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak. “To win you have to have a good goalkeeper, it is difficult to win if you don’t have a good goalkeeper,” he concluded.