Diego Simeone made it clear he does not appreciate Pep Guardiola’s attitude to the press on Wednesday night after Manchester City ousted Atletico de Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final exit.
Explanation by interposed press conference. Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola settled their accounts after the second leg (0–0) of the Champions League quarter-finals, which resulted in Manchester City qualifying at the expense of Atlético de Madrid.
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Simone: “We’re Not That Dumb”
At a post-match press conference at Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday evening, Diego Simeone frankly admitted that he lacked respect from his counterpart in his statements around the two meetings.
“I don’t need to say or say that someone speaks good or bad. Highly intelligent people with a large vocabulary, with praise words, may despise you. We, who have less vocabulary, are not so stupid” .
“El Cholo” also took advantage of his appearance in front of reporters to defend his playing style: “I have priorities in life. First is to win. Then we have to be proud of what we are doing”. One is the exceptional fan base, which has propelled the team forward. (…) I am proud of what Atletico is. We have fought, we have our ways, maybe good, bad or hate, but we fought. These players made it.”
Furthermore, contrary to what the images suggest, Simeone assured that he did not appreciate the irony towards the opposing bench, while Manchester City players were gaining time in the last minutes: “I did not appreciate our bench at any time. of opponents. I appreciated my fans, who were on one side, on the other… I thought it was right to appreciate something that could be seen and observed during the game, that the players were giving the fans what they wanted. They wanted to, even though we couldn’t give us what we were looking for.”
Guardiola: ‘I’ve never criticized Atletico’s drama’
Pep Guardiola – who joked after his 1-0 first leg win that it was “very difficult to attack 5-5-0” since “prehistory” – denied any contempt on his side. Did.
“I have never criticized Atletico’s game. I have nothing to say about Atletico’s behavior. I have a lot of respect for Atletico. They have a lot of merit. Don’t look for me, don’t look at me. Of styles Fight. El Cholo can play as he pleases. I have never criticized Atletico’s game. What he does, he knows how to do like no other in the world”.
“They are the champions of Spain, also underlined the Spanish coach of Skyblues. They pushed us to our limits. They were excellent in the second period. We forgot to play and it almost cost us. Our first time was great, we We knew they were going to start off aggressively. We had one or two clear chances. Then at the end of the game, we defended with everything we had.”