Champions League: Simeone: To play with Costa and Koke took balls
Champions League First leg win over Juventus
Atletico Madrid claimed a memorable 2-0 win over Juventus on Wednesday and Diego Simeone was beaming with pride after the game.
El Cholo surprised many by playing both Koke and Diego Costa, who are returning from injury, and he grabbed headlines by the manner in which he celebrated the opening goal, turning to the stand and grabbing his crotch.
“I felt that playing Costa and Koke after a month and a half had to take balls,” he said of his celebration afterwards.
Despite an impressive return, Costa was withdrawn for Morata at 0-0 and the ex-Juventus forward also did well after his introduction.
“I told them both that Costa wouldn’t play the 90,” he revealed.
“I spoke with them in the morning so they knew what I needed from them both and they gave it to me.
“It’s a pity that Costa’s chance got away from him and Morata’s goal was disallowed by VAR.”
As ever, Simeone was keen to remind everyone in attendance at the press conference of his side’s style and philosophy.
“I feel very good for the players,” he said.
“They represent what it is to be Atletico. I’m happy because beyond winning or losing we play a way that won’t change.
“We will try to grow and improve, but this is our style, or form and our way.”