Simeone: Very hard second leg

Diego Simeone had “nothing to say” on ignoring Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare but warned the second leg “will be very hard” for Atletico Madrid.

Atleti only managed to take 1-0 lead in their Champions League quarter-final against Leicester as Tuesday’s first leg was overshadowed by Simeone walking straight down the tunnel at the Vicente Calderon and not shaking hands with his opposite number, among several other controversies.

“The second leg? It’ll be a hard match, difficult and hard-fought,” the Coach said after the game.

“We have to fight again in the match at their home, which will be very hard. It’s very important not to have conceded a goal. They’re very strong at home.

“We had a very good game, although we lacked a bit of ruthlessness to kill off the result. Our opponents sat back well and didn’t have any chances to score. They held out for the 1-0 and [taking the tie into] the next match.

“I always like to win by a big margin, but we knew that this team knew what they wanted and how to play.

“I’m happy, even though I know the tie is still open. I’m not surprised because we expected it.

“What didn’t follow in the second half was another goal, which could’ve made what happened in the match much more valuable.

“Not shaking hands with Shakespeare? I have nothing to say about that.

“What I say to those who see us in the semi-finals? Those who are in the squad certainly don’t.

“The tie is at the midway point and we’re going game by game, so now we’re thinking about Osasuna. I don’t believe that those who are working with us believe that we’re in the semi-finals

“Griezmann? He’s a fabulous player, he’s very complete. I don’t even know what position he plays in anymore.

“He plays everywhere. He finishes like a No 9, assists like a midfielder and defends wherever he is. This end of the season is important for him.

“Oblak not making a save? He had a great game on Saturday and participated less here because the game led him to this outcome.

“I imagine a fantastic atmosphere in the second leg, with our opponents being very comfortable in their surroundings. I’m looking forward to a night of pure football.”

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