His aspect knocked out the holders within the final spherical, however the supervisor conceded it’s going to rely for little within the quarter-final

Diego Simeone says Atletico Madrid‘s well-known victory over Liverpool will rely for nothing after they face RB Leipzig for a spot within the Champions League semi-finals.

The Spanish aspect knocked out the holders with a 4-2 mixture victory after extra-time within the final spherical and have been handed a beneficial tie towards last-eight debutants Leipzig.

Nevertheless, 5 months have handed because the second-leg triumph at Anfield and Simeone insists that match may have little relevance on what occurs in Lisbon on Thursday.

“That win will not be a reference. Many months have gone and the keenness died down throughout our time in quarantine,” he stated at a information convention on Wednesday.

“The Liverpool recreation will stay part of our historical past and was essential for Atletico de Madrid, however it was very way back and one other path begins tomorrow.”

Leipzig, led by spectacular younger coach Julian Nagelsmann, completed third within the Bundesliga this time period and noticed off Tottenham 4-Zero within the final 16 of the Champions League.

Nagelsmann stated on Tuesday he’s desirous to keep away from a touchline confrontation with fiery Simeone however the Atleti boss selected to not immediately reply to these feedback.

“I don’t reply to opinions of colleagues. I’ve nothing to remark,” he stated. “Tomorrow we play a vital recreation, towards a younger coach who’s doing a unbelievable job.

“They play very nicely and attempt to get the ball ahead. They’re an awesome workforce and the numbers present it. They completed third in Germany and have gained the identical variety of video games as us.

“I’ve a number of respect for them and know that it successful isn’t just essential however the one factor that there’s.”

Influential attacker Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko usually are not a part of Atleti’s squad for the one-legged tie with Leipzig after returning positive coronavirus tests.

However whereas Simeone is ruing the lack of these gamers, he has his eyes firmly set on a 3rd last look in six years with Atletico.

“Angel is essential to us and being with out Sime, who has fought onerous to be again, additionally hurts,” he stated.

“Now we have misplaced two essential males from the center of the squad, however we hope to have them later and now we have to maneuver on. Now we have to adapt to the circumstances.”


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