Atletico Madrid’s 3-2 victory over Liverpool at Anfield remains one of 2020’s shock results, yet Diego Simeone has slammed those who suggest it was merely down to luck that Los Colchoneros found their way through the fortress that is the Merseyside club’s home ground.
Jurgen Klopp’s team were expected to take full advantage of Atleti’s 2019/20 struggles, but that was not the case.
An incredible defensive gameplan and clinical finishing, as well as more than a helping hand from goalkeeper Jan Oblak, saw Los Rojiblancos through to the quarter-final, which is yet to be played.
“I think of a team that was 2-0 down at Anfield and that scored three goals, that’s not luck,” Simeone explained in an interview with the AFA.Liverpool are a tremendous team, but we knew we could hurt them.
Against Liverpool we knew Alvaro Morata was injured and he could relapse.
I thought to myself at 1-0 ‘how can I bring Morata on and then have extra time?’
“I thought ‘he’ll be injured again, it would be suicide’.“But in the end it went well as he scored.”
One debate that continues to rumble on in Argentina is just who is the better player between Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, but Simeone feels it’s a subject which doesn’t need an answer.
They are totally different, one is a goalscoring machine who has made me suffer a lot in recent years while the other was Argentine football represented in a single person, he declared.
Today it would seem that Messi is more mature, but they could certainly have played together.
Adding Cristiano Ronaldo to that team would be more complicated, we would start to have gaps.
I always say that if one doesn’t track back it’s fine and if two don’t then it’s difficult, but if three don’t then it’s impossible.
During Simeone’s time in charge at Atleti, they have been defeated in two Champions League finals, both against rivals Real Madrid, yet Simeone looks at the two matches differently.
“The first Champions League final defeat was not a failure, but the second one was,” he said.Failure means when you have an objective and you don’t achieve it.
In Lisbon we came from winning LaLiga, it had been an extraordinary season.Furthermore, Real Madrid had been the better team in 90 minutes.
“But they weren’t in Milan.”
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