Champions League

Simeone: We could have scored more

2017-02-22 19:05
Diego Simeone (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Atletico manager Diego Simeone believes his side could have scored even more goals in the 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

The first leg of the tie was played at the BayArena in Leverkusen, but it was the Rojiblancos who took control by bagging four away goals.

Simeone was satisfied with the performance and thought a few more goals were on the cards if it wasn't for some excellent goalkeeping from Bernd Leno.

"We could even have won by a higher margin but their goalkeeper pulled off two outstanding saves to deny (Antoine) Griezmann," Simeone told the press. "It is important to have belief when you play away from home, and I thought we had that in abundance.

"We thought before the game that, if we attacked down our left side, we would cause their right-footed defenders problems.

"That is exactly what we did. Leverkusen fought their way back into the game in the second half but overall it is a very satisfying evening for us."

The game proved to be a special one for Griezmann who became the club's highest goal scorer in the Champions League with 13 goals, overtaking the previous mark, set by Luis Aragones.

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