‘Others will also lose to Atletico’

Hapoel Tel Aviv Coach Nitzan Shirazi has come out in full praise of tonight’s opponents Atletico Madrid, saying many others will also be inferior to them.

Diego Simeone’s second string ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in Israel tonight, much to Shirazi’s frustration of their superiority.

“You can’t talk about what we saw on the field today. Not all teams are as good as Atletico Madrid in Europe and surely many will be inferior to the Spanish side,” he told reporters afterwards.

“It is the first game, we have lost, but I believe others will also lose to Atletico, so anything can happen from now on.

“Against a team of Atletico’s strength, we could not afford the mistakes that we made, we cannot go wrong in that way as we will end up paying for it. That’s what happened to us.

“It is clear that Atleti’s six who play in front of the defence are the first to lend a hand at the back. I must also say that the Hapoel Tel Aviv team is much more than that shown in this match, but we were against a great opponent.”

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