NEWS
Tuesday September 12 2017
Simeone ‘appreciates’ Atleti display

Diego Simeone insists he “appreciated” Atletico Madrid’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Atleti failed to break the deadlock for the second game running, but they had their fair share of chances at Roma and Simeone praised his side for showing “belief”.

“You saw a team that played a well-thought-out game, believing in what they were doing,” the Coach said after the game.

“We tried to pressure them in midfield, had two or three good chances in the first half, then as Roma got tired, we tried to step up the pace.

“Unfortunately, we were missing a goal, but I appreciated the philosophy and the performance.

“We have to compliment the goalkeeper as Alisson did a great job. The shots were on target, aside from Saul hitting the woodwork, as otherwise he had saves on Koke, two or three on Saul – he had a wonderful performance.

“The most important thing in football is not aesthetics but goals, and we lacked a goal, so Roma deserved their point.

“I hope this point can be valuable for the future so we continue in the Champions League.”

Football Italia website