‘Atletico intense not violent’

Filipe Luis has rejected accusations from Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti that Atletico Madrid crossed the line in the Madrid derby.

Ancelotti said at his post-match Press conference that Atletico played a ‘violent’ game in the 2-2 draw, but Filipe protested to reporters that Atleti were simply intense.

“We played with intensity, not violence,” the left back said.

“No spaces for the opponent and pressing on the flanks. We never lost that intensity, it is our identity.”

Atleti fell behind early on but came back to lead by half time, maintaining the advantage until a late intervention by Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We leave with a bad taste,” Filipe admitted.

“A goal like that hurts us. But we appreciate the draw.

“When you concede a goal [like the opener] you should go for the game more.

“It was hard but we worked very intensely and we saw what we achieved.

“We wanted to keep the lead in the second half and they didn’t get a real chance – [Ronaldo’s goal] was from our clearance.”

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