“We are all footballers and we know what happens on the pitch should stay there.however, relativized Rodri at the microphone of Movistar. It was a very tense match with a result on the wire. I don’t really know what happened. A small fight took place… I tried to move away. They are my old teammates and that kind of thing is never pleasant. But it’s just anecdotal, and we managed to separate them.“
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“We kept our calm”
Also questioned on this subject, Aymeric Laporte denounced the attitude “absurd” of the Colchoneros. In addition to defending his troops. “Do not believe that everything was generated by our team“, warned the French defender of City. John Stones followed suit: “We knew it wasn’t an easy place to be, it’s a hostile environment, it was a tough night around us and the way we defended and controlled each other was amazing“, told the defender to BT Sport. Before continuing.
“We know they try to do things like that sometimes and we handled it wellhe resumed. We kept our cool, it’s easy to be dragged into things like that (…) I don’t want to dwell on that because in both legs we played incredibly against a team with experience in what ‘she does.”
I can’t wait to see what people think after this game
This chaotic end to the match would indeed come from the attitude of certain City players who, according to those of Atlético, wasted too much time at the end of the match by staying on the ground. “Today it happenedaccused Koke. Often, we are the ones who receive the criticism. But today we are proud of what the team has produced (…) They threw themselves on the ground only to waste time. I can’t wait to see what people think after this game…” “We should see who lost the most time between us and themreplied Laporte indirectly. They’ve done it in the past and the other teams haven’t complained. The referee is there to stop time-wasting actions.”
Regarding Felipe’s red card at the end of the match, Diego Simeone gave the referee’s explanations: “He told me he walked on Foden“explained the Colchoneros technician, filmed many times applauding in the final minutes. Ironically?”No, it wasn’t for City players wasting timehe corrected the microphone of the Movistar. I applauded the supporters because I appreciated the effort the team was making. How can I not applaud people like that?I am very disappointed because we are eliminated, and I always want to win, no matter how. Because victories are celebrated, and that is the most important thing in football. As with everything in life, I have priorities. My top priority is to win. And then it’s being proud of what my team produces. I am proud of this Atlético team, because they fight. We have our way of playing, good or bad, but we fight.”
Relaunched on the controversy, the “Cholo” did not want to add to it. “There is nothing to say about wasting time. There is always a referee to manage the rules. Congratulations to the opponent, who played a great game and played the football to which we have always and are accustomed“, he admitted. All’s well that ends well?
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