Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The work against Barcelona was very good - Diego Simeone

The work against Barcelona was very good - Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has praised the performance of his side in the game against Barcelona last night.

The Madrid side in pursuit of a Champions League spot came to Barcelona with a plan and it seems the plan worked quite well as they were able to steal a point at the end of the game.

Diego Costa put Barcelona in front after scoring an own goal but the lead didn't last long as Saul Niguez drew Atletico Madrid level from the penalty spot.

Barcelona also got a penalty of their own in the 50th minute of the game which Messi converted but it wasn't over as Atletico Madrid also earn another penalty and Saul Niguez was there to convert again to earn his side a draw.

Speaking after the game, Diego Simeone revealed his side did a good job and they actually tried until the end to get a win.

'We are respectful of Barcelona with the quality they have,' Simeone said.

'The game was played as a result of what we usually do. We started well. Their goal came in an isolated play. Then to generate a difficult game against a team that keep the ball well.'

'We tried until the end. The work was very good, a very competitive team. I'm happy.'

Barcelona coach Setien also revealed he felt bad for bringing in Antoine Griezmann late into the game as he doesn't want to destabilize the team but claim he will speak with him later today.

'I understand it's tough for Griezmann to come on when so little time left. I will speak with him tomorrow, I won't say sorry because [it's about] decisions,' Setien said.

'But I understand he may feel bad and I feel bad for him because he's a great person and professional.'

'It's difficult to put him on without destabilising the team.'

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