In the eight years that I have been at the club, I have never seen such a reception “: Diego Simeone greets home support while Atletico Madrid wins first-win victory over Liverpool in last-16 clash
Diego Simeone claimed that the atmosphere in the Wanda Metropolitano was the best he had experienced as Atletico Madrid boss during their Champions League final-16 first leg victory over Liverpool.
It took Saul Niguez only four minutes to advance the Spanish side and the Premier League leaders were unable to make a meaningful breakthrough, meaning they now have to make up the shortage at Anfield.
However, Simeone, who cut an energetic figure on the sidelines during the match, also warned that his party had to look at the rest of the draw equally impressively.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes that fans have played a crucial role in beating Liverpool
“We started winning the game when we arrived at the roundabout on the way to the stadium,” Simeone said during his press conference after the game.
“The welcome was impressive. In the eight years that I have been in the club, I have never seen such a reception.
“The welcome was impressive. It was the game we expected, with a very strong opponent, with different styles on the field, with very physically strong players, but we reacted very well at the start and then we played the game we had to play to keep the result , “Simeone said.
Midfielder Saul Niguez was there to win the deciding goal after just four minutes
“We had chances for the counterattack to score more.
“We are a team that plays as a group. If the attackers had not participated in the defensive work, the team would not have done what it did.
“It was a good job for everyone. It was a tough, tough game against a great opponent, but it was clear what the goal was.
“The draw was what it was in the beginning, against an opponent who is used to great matches at home,” he said.