Cape Town - Atletico
Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he is not focused on the Champions
League draw on Friday, instead they will get ready for the next La Liga
fixture this weekend.
Atleti clinched their place in the last-eight of Europe's premier
club competition after completing a 4-2 aggregate victory over German
side Bayer Leverkussen following a goalless draw on Wednesday.
Simeone's team has now reached at least quarter-finals of the
Champions League for the fourth consecutive season, having twice been
Continental heavyweights Bayern Munich, Juventus, Barcelona, Real
Madrid and Borussia Dortmund as well as Leicester City and Monaco are in
the draw but Simeone is not stressing about who his side will pull out
of the hat.
The Argentine said: "Atletico don't have any influence [on the draw]
so what will be will be. This is an important step, but it is only one
"The Champions League is always special and this is important for the club.
"I want to acknowledge the great effort from the club and especially
from the players, who have given their heart and soul and who have
competed in all kinds of situations during these four years."