Liverpool fans look away … Diego Simeone has only ever lost a Champions League knockout draw, charged with Atletico Madrid against teams with Cristiano Ronaldo in
- Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid set up defensive masterclass to defeat Liverpool
- They take 1-0 ahead of Anfield for second leg against Reds in Champions League
- Omens are not good for Jurgen Klopp, given the knockout record of Simeone
- He only ever lost in the knockout phase of teams with Cristiano Ronaldo in it
Atletico Madrid produced a classic defensive exhibition on Tuesday evening to beat Liverpool 1-0 and the omens are not good for the Reds.
Diego Simeone is a master in the knockout phase and a brilliant statistic emphasizes how strong his record as an Atletico boss is.
He never lost to a team in the Champions League after the group stage where Cristiano Ronaldo was not in the team.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the archenemy of Atletico Madrid by Diego Simeone
Simeone invented a 1-0 win over Liverpool for Atletico on Tuesday evening
After taking over the helm in 2011, Simeone spent two seasons with the team in the Europa League before qualifying for the top table.
In 2014, Atletico reached the final and lost extra time to fierce rivals Real 4-1, with Ronaldo scoring a penalty in the 120th minute.
The following year the same opponents beat Atletico in the quarterfinals with Ronaldo and Co who beat the two-legged draw with 1-0.
The side of Simeone has never lost a knockout match in the Champions League without Ronaldo
In 2016 there was a repeat of the last two years earlier against Real, but Atletico lost 5-3 on penalties and the following year Zinedine saw Zidane’s make progress in the semi-final and beat their rivals by 4-2 in total. Ronaldo again stood up for the victors.
The men of Simeone failed to get out of the group stage in 2018 and last season Juventus were eliminated one year later in the round of 16.
They carried a 2-0 lead on the first leg to Turin, but Ronaldo shattered their dreams and scored a hat trick to dump the Spanish side.
It will be a relief for the men of Simeone to meet someone else. With an 1-0 lead over Anfield and no Ronaldo to terrorize them, Atletico will get a beating from the men of Jurgen Klopp.
The stat will provide grim reading for Jurgen Klopp with Liverpool 1-0 down