Simeone claims Atletico were given unfair advantage against Liverpool

Date published: Thursday 12th March 2020 11:54 - Robert McCarthy

Diego Simeone believes that Atletico Madrid were given an “unfair” advantage in knocking Liverpool out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The LaLiga outfit scored three times in extra-time to earn a famous 3-2 triumph at Anfield and a 4-2 aggregate success in their round of 16 tie.

Liverpool had gone ahead in the tie four minutes into the additional period only for Atletico substitute Marcos Llorente to score a crucial away goal moments later, after an error from Reds stopper Adrian.

And Simeone believes the extra 30 minutes gave his team an opportunity the Reds were denied in the first game in Madrid three weeks earlier.

“What I have to say, and will be saying at the next UEFA coaches’ meeting, is what I think is unfair,” said the Atletico boss.

“Today was unjust because we had 30 minutes of extra time to score three away goals. Liverpool never had that. We had 30 more minutes to score an away goal and Liverpool didn’t. That’s not fair.

“The rule favoured us today but it might go against us in the future. Liverpool had 30 minutes fewer to score an away goal. That’s wrong.”

Simeone also responded to comments from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp that he didn’t “get” Atletico’s style of football.


“I respect his identity and the quality footballers they have,” he added.

“We try to exploit deficiencies in the opponent. That’s what we do. And we try to win.”

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