“The prize for the best player makes perfect sense”: Diego Simeone says Real Madrid’s Super Cup man Federico Valverde was up for the late tackle on Alvaro Morata, who brought him off the field but stopped scoring at Atletico Madrid. .. before Real won on penalties
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said Federico Valverde’s professional foul on Alvaro Morata won the Spanish Super Cup for Real Madrid, but refused to condemn the Uruguayan for his actions.
Valverde received a straight red card in the 115th minute of the final after deliberately tripping over Morata when the Atletico attacker was clear.
With the equalizer scoreless and only five minutes extra time left, Atletico would probably have seen the trophy lifted, but instead Real claimed the booty with a 4-1 win over penalties.
Federico Valverde overthrew Alvaro Morata when the Spaniard was ready
Valverde was given a red card for the challenge, but Atletico Madrid was unable to respond
All four Real’s penalty shooters found the back of the net, while Thibaut Courtois saved crucial from Thomas Partey, but it was 21-year-old Valverde – named after the man after the last whistle – who, according to Simeone, had determined the outcome.
The Argentinian, who seemed to sympathize with his fellow American when he left the field after his resignation, said in his press conference after the game: “It was the most important part of the game.
‘I told him (Valverde) that he did what he had to do at that moment. I think the prize for the best player makes perfect sense because Valverde has won the game in this promotion. “
The real counterpart of Simeone, Zinedine Zidane, took a similar position and said, “He did what he had to do. It was a gross mistake it had to do at the time. In the end it was important that he apologize to Morata because they know each other very well.
Simeone actually sympathized with Valverde and said he was doing what he needed to do at the moment
“He has won the MVP trophy and I am happy for him. He did a great job, just like everyone else. I’m sure we want to share it with his teammates. “
Valverde said on his club’s website: “It was something I shouldn’t have done. I apologized to Morata, but it was all I could do because he is a very fast player.
“I’m happy to win the title, but I’m still stuck with what I did because it’s not right.
“My teammates came after me, but it was a sad moment for me. Simeone also came to me and said something that I will not repeat and I want to thank him for that ‘.
The victory in the new Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia continued a remarkable final for Zidane during his two periods as Madrid boss.
The match went to penalties and it was Sergio Ramos who scored the winning spot kick
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The Frenchman has now won all nine finals he has presided, including three Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and now two Spanish Super Cups.
When asked about the secret behind his success, Zidane said: “I don’t know, this club is like that. We always want it.
‘You have to have patience. We faced a good team.
“You have to believe to the end and that’s what we did.”
Madrid will now focus their attention on the three other trophies they are competing for this season – LaLiga, the Champions League and Copa del Rey.
Zidane said: “We will continue to work. We won today, we have to enjoy it, we are happy.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane says that they will enjoy it now, but that they have to get back to work quickly
Thibaut Courtois was another hero for Real Madrid, who saved penalties and stopped shots
‘We have to travel, rest and then we play again. We can’t think about relaxing. There is a lot left of the season. “
Atletico is also still fighting on three fronts, although they are five points behind the joint leaders Barca and Madrid in LaLiga.
The Rojiblancos surprised Barca in the semi-final of the Super Cup and pushed Madrid all the way into the final, and Simeone believes they can be satisfied with their efforts in the Middle East.
He said: ‘In three days we have played two of the best teams in the world and we fought very well. It ensures that we want to keep improving. ”