Last year finalist Atletico Madrid in difficult situation – Simeone still has life
Champions League Round of 16 leg 1: Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Atletico de Madrid
Coach Atletico, Simeone reacts:
“I’m happy after a game where we had to use two changes in the first half, we made the third to go in search of a draw and we were a player short for more than 20 minutes. I have the feeling that we have life. Another rival, at another time, one player short and without changes, would have closed it. They have not closed it and it may be a possibility for us.”
Simeone said that “the absences will be covered with players who have been training, preparing and being in a competitive group that knows that it depends on the group to get by these situations. A team serves to win a match and a group serves to win important things. Let’s see if we can do it with the guys who’ll play.”
Coach Schmidt, Leverkusen:
“We are very satisfied. The team showed inside the first minute that they can handle this situation and stay in the competition. Atlético were a tough opponent but we wanted to keep this opportunity to qualify with a good result here.
We played very aggressively, with a lot of pressure. We played to a high level and we kept that level up until the end. It is important not to have conceded. In the end we showed a certain maturity and had a good rhythm. It has been a very good performance and we deserved the win”.