Koke ‘proud’ how Atletico Madrid performed vs Man Metropolis in Champions League exit | Soccer Information

Atletico Madrid captain Koke defended his facet’s ill-tempered antics throughout their Champions League exit to Manchester Metropolis – although did hit out at alleged time-wasting from Pep Guardiola’s facet.

Metropolis progressed by way of to the Champions League semi-finals because of a 0-0 second-leg draw on the Wanda Metropolitano – to undergo 1-0 on combination – in a resolute defensive show regardless of chaos rising on the finish of the tie.

At first of 9 further minutes of second-half stoppage time, each units of gamers have been concerned in a mass scuffle after Felipe fouled Phil Foden close to the byline. Stefan Savic tried to choose the injured Foden up off the ground, which prompted the scuffle, whereas the ex-Metropolis defender was additionally seen making an attempt to headbutt Raheem Sterling and pulled Jack Grealish’s hair.

Felipe, in the meantime, was proven a second yellow card for his deal with on Foden and function within the scuffle, however midfielder Koke claims Metropolis’s time-wasting antics allowed Atleti gamers to develop into pissed off.

“The match takes you to that insanity whenever you see that you’ve probabilities they usually drop to the bottom and waste time,” the Atleti captain mentioned in a post-match interview.

“Many occasions we’re criticised for this example, however at the moment it was them. Let’s have a look at what individuals consider this. Right this moment it has been seen, we’re Atletico de Madrid and I’m happy with this staff.

“I am happy with my team-mates for the trouble. I’ve nothing to reproach the staff with. I am happy with everybody and the followers, who’ve misplaced, stayed to applaud us after the sport. That is Atletico.”

Video footage from after the sport confirmed that the brawl continued into the tunnel, with Grealish and Savic persevering with their feud whereas each have been held again by membership workers at reverse ends of the realm.

Felipe was despatched off for Atletico Madrid towards Manchester Metropolis

Unused substitute Sime Vrsaljko, in the meantime, was seen throwing a bottle within the course of Aymeric Laporte, with the Atleti man having to be held again from Kyle Walker within the tunnel as properly.

UEFA says it should wait to obtain experiences from the referee and match delegate earlier than deciding whether or not to open disciplinary proceedings.

Asking for his views on the incident, Atleti boss Diego Simeone mentioned: “I did not see it. I stayed on the pitch applauding the followers and saying hello to everybody on the pitch. So by the point I went upstairs everybody had gone.”

Stones: Proud we saved our mood

Man Metropolis gamers have fun their achievement of qualifying

Manchester Metropolis defender John Stones, in the meantime, admitted the mass brawl on the finish of the sport is “not good to speak about” however hailed his facet’s response to Atleti’s actions.

“We all know they generally attempt to make issues occur like that and I believe we handled it rather well,” mentioned Stones after the match. “It isn’t good to speak about that. I do not need to dwell on that as a result of over two legs we performed unimaginable towards such an skilled staff in what they do.

“I am so happy with the lads of how we managed our tempers. It is really easy to get drawn into stuff like that. So completely satisfied to be by way of and an important evening.

“We positively knew it is not a simple place to return. It is my first time right here and it is a hostile setting. It was a tough evening all spherical however how we defended and the way we managed ourselves was unimaginable.”

Stones additionally addressed claims that Foden, who was the sufferer for each of Felipe’s yellow card offences, was focused by Atleti’s gamers – however may solely reward the younger England worldwide for his efforts over the 2 legs.

Phil Foden was on the receiving end of some robust treatment in Manchester City's game away to Atletico Madrid
Phil Foden was on the receiving finish of some sturdy remedy in Manchester Metropolis’s sport away to Atletico Madrid

“[They started] early doorways,” mentioned Stones about Atleti’s remedy of Foden. “Phil was such a menace in each video games, particularly when he got here on within the first time, an prompt influence.

“Then on this sport, he drove us up the pitch and gained us yards. He was excellent, he is feeling it after the sport now.”

Pep: Atletico can play how they need | Simeone: Some reward us with disdain

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Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola has denied criticising Diego Simeone’s fashion of play after the Atletico Madrid boss steered that they had been praised ‘with disdain’

Pep Guardiola refused to criticise Atletico’s method after the sport, and as a substitute insisted that he was constantly constructive about Simeone’s techniques and that the previous Argentina midfielder may arrange his staff in whichever approach he favored.

Responding to Spanish reporters, the Man Metropolis supervisor mentioned: “It was you who mentioned that Simeone’s cycle was all the time the identical, it was you, three or 4 months in the past. That is what you have been saying once they weren’t profitable matches. It was you, do not put it on me.

“I all the time mentioned good issues concerning the membership and the staff. El Cholo (Diego Simeone) can play the best way he desires, nothing else.”

Talking after his facet’s exit, Simeone mentioned he felt individuals had praised the fashion of Atletico – who’re the reigning Spanish champions – with “disdain”.

“I’ve no purpose to remark about whether or not any person says good or dangerous issues,” mentioned Simeone. “Typically those that have a large vocabulary are very good they usually can reward you with disdain.

“However these of us who perhaps haven’t got as a lot vocabulary, we’re not silly both.”

‘A lot for UEFA to think about after gamers conflict in tunnel’

Ben Ransom, Sky Sports activities Information reporter in Madrid

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Sky Sports activities Information reporter Ben Ransom discusses the fallout from the ‘melee’ within the Champions League match between Atletico Madrid and Manchester Metropolis.

“Within the construct up we have been targeted lots on the kinds. Guardiola earlier than the sport was speaking concerning the aggression he was anticipating, however I believe he was anticipating it to be just a little bit lower than we noticed final evening as a result of it did boil over.

“There have been a lot of flashpoints. The primary time we noticed it was getting actually nasty on the pitch was that melee which erupted after that deal with on Phil Foden, Felipe in the end despatched off. Stefan Savic, the previous Man Metropolis participant, obtained himself concerned. There have been photographs of him pulling Jack Grealish’s hair, he is placing his head into one other participant.

“I am unable to keep in mind being at a sport the place there have been that many gamers concerned in such a melee, and it was bodily. It was fairly nasty and it went on for such a very long time.

Manchester City's Fernandinho (second right) intervenes between Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone (centre) and Riyad Mahrez at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg match at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid. Picture date: Wednesday April 13, 2022.
Fernandinho intervenes between Diego Simeone and Riyad Mahrez on the finish of the sport

“Usually all of it dies down fairly shortly and sometimes there are much more peacemakers – it wasn’t the case final evening. I believe it did simply get to the purpose the place Atletico’s frustration actually boiled over.

“All of it kicked off once more within the tunnel. From my viewpoint, the gamers have been being shepherded down there and the safety have been doing their greatest to maintain them from getting issues thrown at them by the Atletico Madrid followers.

“After which simply as they have been disappearing from view, you can see them coming collectively once more, police rushed in to separate them within the tunnel. So lots for UEFA to mull over.”

Guardiola: We have been in massive hassle with accidents

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Guardiola believes advancing to the semi-finals of the Champions League is an unimaginable achievement

Atleti had only a few probabilities to get again stage within the tie, with Ederson known as into motion solely as soon as within the Wanda Metropolitano leg. The Brazilian goalkeeper was compelled into a vital cease towards Angel Correa within the 102nd minute, in what was one of many ultimate kicks of the match.

Metropolis, in the meantime, had just one main probability to increase their combination benefit when Ilkay Gundogan headed onto the put up within the first half, with Pep Guardiola’s facet defending for many of the second half.

Metropolis boss Guardiola admitted his facet struggled in the course of the second half of Wednesday evening’s match, particularly after dropping two key gamers to harm. The guests noticed Kevin de Bruyne come off and obtain remedy simply moments earlier than Kyle Walker hobbled off after clashing with Renan Lodi.

Metropolis have a FA Cup semi-final towards Liverpool on Saturday and the harm blows to each gamers might not set them in good stead for that Wembley encounter.

“We have been in massive hassle [with injuries],” mentioned Guardiola. “We will not neglect that we performed three days in the past. To play Liverpool, journey, come right here is tough.

“I do not know what is going to occur within the subsequent few weeks. Right this moment we are going to have fun as a result of it is solely the third time Metropolis have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

“Within the second half, they [Atleti] have been higher than us. The primary half we had the probabilities to do it however general we’re within the semi-finals. It is properly deserved over the 2 video games.

“The opponent is so robust. All of the groups within the Champions League who come right here discover it robust. We concede only a few targets however within the second half they have been higher. Within the 180 minutes, the final 25 minutes they have been higher.”

How the papers reacted to Atletico meltdown

On an evening the place Atletico Madrid went out of the Champions League after an ill-tempered draw, the British media criticised Simeone’s squad for his or her actions.

Every day Mirror sports activities author Mike Walters tweeted on Wednesday evening: “Think about supporting a staff managed by Simeone, together with Felipe and Savic, and really wanting them to win. What a bunch of animals #ATMMCI

In the meantime, Every day Mail soccer author Jack Gaughan, who was on the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, described Atleti’s actions as “genuinely disgraceful” whereas Martin Samuel from the identical organisation branded the Spanish facet as “sore losers”.

talkSPORT host Adrian Durham added on Twitter: “Simeone’s Atleti are completely lawless. Delighted they’re out” whereas author Paul Hayward added: “All that bluster and snarl and Atletico could not rating in both leg. Savic and Felipe: horrible.”