Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has congratulated ‘superior’ Real Madrid following Saturday’s UEFA Champions League triumph in Milan.
Simeone suffered his second Champions League final defeat in two years after Cristiano Ronaldo’s decisive spot kick restored Real Madrid’s continental dominance, handing them la Undécima in Milan.
Speaking to the press after the San Siro showdown, Simeone who believes he and his troops have been left to lick their wounds commended Zinedine Zidane and his wards for becoming the Champions of Europe.
“Firstly, congratulations to Real Madrid – once again they were superior to us, this time at penalties. We started the game badly, then we got ourselves organised from the 20th or 25th minute. The team that wins is always the best – Real Madrid were better because they won. We had the chance to become champions and didn’t take it. We need to continue working. I have to think things out on my part and that’s what I’ll start doing now.
“Both teams had chances. We managed to get to 1-1 and then in extra time both teams were very tired. No one remembers who lost – losing two finals is a failure. We have to get over this and heal our wounds.
“Now what I have to do is go back home and try to heal the wounds with the people who are always supporting me. You do your best, you do everything you can – but you get to two finals and lose them both. When you lose 4-1 after extra time, having led 1-0 for a long period, and then lose on penalties, it’s never easy, but my life never is. Getting to two finals in three years is a great achievement for Atlético, but I can’t be happy with what I’ve achieved.” Simeone said as quoted on UEFA.com.
After coming on in the second half, Yannick Carrasco brought Simeone’s side back on level terms in th 79th-minute, cancelling out a first-half strike by Sergio Ramos, whose last-gasp equalizer against Atletico had forced extra time in Lisbon two years ago.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a quiet match by his high standards, scored the decisive spot kick after Juanfran had hit the base of the post with the eighth attempt of the shoot-out.