Atletico Madrid supervisor Diego Simeone labelled his facet’s match as a ‘traditional cup sport’, as Girona knocked them out of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Los Colchineros drew 3-Three on the Wanda Metropolitano, as they performed within the second leg of the spherical of 16. Their objectives got here from Nikola Kalinic, Angel Correa and Antoine Griezmann, whose 84th minute end appeared to be the winner.
Nonetheless it wasn’t sufficient for Atletico, as Seydou Doumbia’s 88th minute equaliser despatched them crashing out of the competitors, as Girona made it 4-Four on combination and triumphed on away objectives.
Talking after the match, Simeone was disillusioned however admitted the thrill of the 90 minutes. As quoted by Marca, he stated: “It was a good looking match, a traditional cup sport. We had the intention of successful always.”
Atletico Madrid have been trying to win the Copa del Rey for the primary time in six years, however their wait goes on after Wednesday’s end result. Girona now advance to the quarter-finals, which is the furthest they’ve ever gone of their historical past.
Simeone was eager to reward the Catalan membership, saying: “Congratulations to Girona – we gave every thing, we continued to go for the comeback, however the 3-Three damage us. Their forceful nature was their best ally.”
Atletico have been largely dominant all through the 90 minutes, having extra possession than their guests and having nearly 4 instances the quantity of photographs. Nonetheless it wasn’t sufficient, as Los Colchoneros fell agonisingly brief.
Regardless of the defeat, Simeone was adamant that his facet put in a powerful efficiency. He added: “Typically you play properly and don’t advance [to the next round]; I favor to play badly and at all times undergo.
“I say to the followers what they noticed: a facet that gave every thing. The intention was at all times to win the sport.”
Now that Simeone’s facet are out of the Copa del Rey, it offers them one much less competitors to fret about as they strategy an important a part of the season.
Atletico’s principal focus stays La Liga, the place they sit in second place, 5 factors behind leaders Barcelona. In addition they face a two-legged tie within the Champions League spherical of 16, the place they face Italian champions Juventus.