After losing 3-0 on the night famous UEFA Champions League night, and 3-2 on aggregate, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone offered no excuses and admitted that the reason they lost to the match was due to the fact that Juventus were just better than his team. Two Cristiano Ronaldo headers and a late penalty completed a Juventus comeback and sent Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage.
"They scored two very similar goals, and did things similar to what we did at home," Simeone told the press. "We suffered and they rightly move into the quarter-finals.
"I don't think [it was my worst game as Atletico coach], I didn't see any flaws in character. "They were better than us and we have to compliment them.
"We tried to play our game. "In the first half we played well, but in the second we didn't manage to make anything to get us through.
"Honestly, I'm calm and the players did well this week. "In the first leg we played well and hurt them. "Tonight, things went wayward. "We didn't manage to counter their performance."
After the first leg defeat, Juventus dominated from the off and never allowed Atleti to have a shot on target throughout the match.
"Juventus' main strength is their ability to press," Simeone went on. "Maybe, we were able to overcome their pressure, but didn't manage to do well on the second balls.
"I repeat, we didn't lose because we played badly, we lost because we played into their hands. "And things like this happen. "You can only compliment them. "Maybe I wasn't able to convey to my players what was needed."
Simeone insisted he has no problem with Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘cojones’ gesture, which appeared to be aimed by the Juventus striker towards the Atletico Madrid manager. For the 52nd time in his career and the fourth against Atleti, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to end the Spanish side’s hopes of winning the Champions League on home soil.
Atletico led 2-0 from the first leg of their last 16 clash, but Ronaldo’s threesome in Turin - culminating with an 86th minute penalty - earned Juve a 3-2 aggregate success. Simeone stole headlines with his celebration at the Wanda Metropolitano three weeks ago, and he was mimicked by the Portuguese superstar at the Allianz Stadium after his conversion from 12 yards.
But a downbeat Simeone, speaking post-match, had no grudge to bear towards the ex-Real Madrid man: “ Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world, he can put in these performances on big nights,” said the Argentine. "He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character.”
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