Speaking about how they managed to outwit Man United in the 1-0 win in the Champions League Round of 16 second-leg game, Diego Simeone said: “I want to make it clear that the team knew what they had to do.
“They (United) have great individuals, they all entered very well but a little messy to generate a high press at the start. We knew we could play with spaces.
“We suffered and once again we are among the top eight in Europe and this is extraordinary for the club after winning the League.”
United started the game sharply, pressing the visitors well and winning the ball, but lost their energy levels and allowed Simeone’s side to get back into the game.
Atletico Madrid were able to capitalize on United’s vulnerabilities in defending against counter-attacks by scoring a clever goal, even though the Red Devils felt it should’ve been ruled out as Anthony Elanga might’ve been fouled in the build-up.
Madrid were able to get the job done at Old Trafford and the loss means that United will again go trophyless this season.