Diego Simeone: Red card changed the game

Diego Simeone: Red card changed the game


Atletico de Madrid boss Diego Simeone says his side dominated the Champions League quarter final against Real Madrid but events turned when Arda Turan was sent off.

The midfielder received his marching orders 15 minutes from time after picking up a second yellow card for a high challenge on Sergio Ramos. Real went on to win the game two minutes from time thanks to a goal by on-loan striker Javier Hernandez.

At his press conference after the game, the Argentinean boss refused to criticise Turan, but said the sending off changed the course of the tie.

“There’s no sense in talking about Arda’s red card, it will change nothing. But until then we were controlling the game,” he commented.

The Atletico manager, who lead his side to the final last year, went on on to congratulate Real, and said the focus for his side now is finishing as high up La Liga as possible.

“We competed well, I am proud. We have a team of men who work, have pride and I am very grateful. Except the first 10 minutes when we did not play well, I don’t think it was a bad game. The other team had the ball but we had the feeling we covered the gaps very well.

“If you lose giving everything then you must be happy. When the team works like today, I have nothing to say. There are many coaches that envy me for having this team. We congratulate our rivals and now we have to think about the game against Elche on Saturday.”


  1. I really don’t think Atletico dominated the game. Maybe they had few opportunities but saying they controlled the game is purely inaccurate .