Simeone hails Atletico Madrid
A fantastic comeback from the Spanish side Atletico Madrid earned them another chance to win the elusive UEFA Champions League crown. Despite a loss at the Allianz Arena the Spanish side made it into the final courtesy an away goal from the striker Antoine Griezmann.
Bayern dominated the first half in it’s entirety and at the half way mark they were 1-0 up and had the opportunity to go 2-0 up if Muller had converted the penalty the side got. Simeone admired the way Bayern played the first half and termed it as a fantastic performance.
“The first time we saw a tremendous team, pressure, play, positioning, pace, aerial power, speed — they were fantastic in the first half,” Simeone said. “We had not much of a response. In the second half it was a different game, more balanced, we countered well and scored. That allowed us to get closer to the end, with the advantage of the goal at the Calderon.”
This dramatic game saw both side missing penalties as Oblak denied Muller meanwhile Neuer stopped Torres from the spot.
“Both were key in their moments,” Simeone said. “Fernando showed personality to take the penalty, and it was a great save from the keeper. A penalty transmits something — 2-0 down would have been very difficult for us. The other way it could have been easier for us [had Torres scored]. But the lads showed great composure at the end of the game, it was not easy, we have gone through to the final, with so much joy.”
“The Champions League is being very nice for us, spectacular, but so difficult,” Simeone said. “We have played against two of three best teams in the world. We went through, with difficulties, losing 2-1 in both away games. But at the [Estadio Vicente] Calderon we were very good against both Barca and Bayern.”