Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has revealed the weakness of Manchester United that his team used during their 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The Spanish team advanced to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after a 2-1 aggregate victory, with Renan Lodi’s goal in the first half separating the two in the second leg.
Man Utd started well but faded as the game progressed, and it didn’t look like scoring a goal after Atletico went ahead at night.
Speaking to AS after the game, Simeone expressed his admiration for Man United’s slow rise under Ralf Rangnick, but that their tendency to attack had given Atletico a fair go.
“Manchester United have competed well since the arrival of their coach and have made great progress. We have found them to be a very, very difficult team.
“They said in the last game that we do not like football, we found that the attacking conditions are very strong.
Simeone added: “I’m glad to see a team that isn’t shy. At the start of the game I realized that in any counterattack, we could hurt them. We have a very good collection, which leaves me happy.
“It was not just a normal effort. I want to make it clear that the team knew what to do.
“We knew we could play with space. We were traumatized and are among the top eight in Europe, and this is not uncommon for a team after winning La Liga.”