Manchester City defender John Stones expressed regret on Wednesday over the “hostile” atmosphere created by Atletico Madrid players during Mancunian qualification for the Champions League (0-0, first leg: 1-0), while during the match and Afterwards there was some scuffle.
England defender John Stones told BT Sport: “We knew it was not an easy place, it was a hostile environment, it was a tough night all around us and the way we defended and controlled each other.” It was unbelievable.” At the end of the game, a general fight broke out after a bad gesture by Felipe on Phil Foden, which earned the Colconeros player a red card and involved several players and staff members.
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“We kept our cool”, applauds the Stones
Montenegrin Stefan Savic, in particular, had received a yellow card and had trouble getting angry after the meeting, continuing to yell at members of the Mancunian delegation in the tunnel leading to the locker room.
Other players, including Sime Versalco, Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker, had to be controlled by their teammates, who were close to blows. The police also had to intervene in the tunnel. “We know they try to do that sometimes and we managed it well, restarted the Stones. We kept our cool, it’s easy to get into things like this (…) I don’t want to dwell on that because in both legs we played incredibly against a team that is experienced in what they do.”