Champions League

Simeone proud of Atletico

2015-04-23 11:24
Diego Simeone (AFP)

Cape Town - Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone revealed he was proud of his team despite their agonising last-minute loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final.

Neither side had managed to score across nearly 180 minutes of football and the tie looked to be headed for extra time when Javier Hernandez broke Atletico hearts with his 88th-minute strike.

The goal gave Real a 1-0 aggregate win over the two-legged encounter and ended Atletico's dream of making their second consecutive Champions League final.

It is the first time Rojiblancos have lost to their city rivals in eight games since losing last year's final.

"I leave feeling proud of my team," Simeone said. "Again we competed superbly in a competition as tough as the Champions League and to be among the eight best teams in Europe is not easy.

"I was always taught that in the game you have to compete and if you give your all you will go home feeling content.

"I don't have any negative feelings. There are coaches who would be envious to have these players."

Simeone wasn't interested in discussing the referee's decision to send Arda Turan off in the 76th minute of the encounter.

"There is no point in expressing an opinion about Arda's sending-off because it won't change the result," he said.

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