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Simeone outsmarts shell-shocked Juve with triple change

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Simeone outsmarts shell-shocked Juve with triple change

Simeone outsmarts shell-shocked Juve with triple change

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone explained his unusual crotch-grabbing celebration after his side scored a goal in their 2-0 win over Juventus.

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Simeone outsmarts shell-shocked Juve with triple change

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (FEBRUARY 20, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID COACH, DIEGO SIMEONE, SAYING: "The round is not over yet, we still have a match to compete and as I just said, for sure we will have to suffer against a great rival, a team with very good players.

Regarding the gesture (celebrating Atletico's goal touching his testicles), the truth is I really felt it.

Because to put Costa and Koke on after a month and a half where they haven't played?

That took some some balls.

I put them on and it went well." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID COACH, DIEGO SIMEONE, SAYING: "I feel very good about the players, when players represent the feeling of what Atletico Madrid means, of course I feel very happy.

Because beyond winning or losing, there's a way of playing.

And this is what we are and we are not going to change.

We will keep trying to grow and to improve but this is our style." 4.

WHITE FLASH 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS COACH, MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI, SAYING: "Ronaldo had a good match.

He's a player who is used to these kind of matches so it's not like tonight he was been disappointing.

We have failed in the second-half as a team, we have failed as a team.

And for sure this match is going to be a lesson for the second leg match." STORY: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is renowned for his wild touchline antics but a shrewd tactical move with a triple substitution swung Wednesday's (February 20) Champions League game against Juventus firmly his side's way.

With the last-16 first leg delicately poised and goalless as the hour mark approached, the Argentine introduced forwards Angel Correa, Alvaro Morata and Thomas Lemar, and the Spanish side went on to win 2-0.

Morata had a goal ruled out to the fury of the home supporters for a push on Giorgio Chiellini but a breakthrough finally came when defender Jose Gimenez scored after a knockdown by Morata from a corner whipped in by Lemar.

Diego Godin doubled Atletico's lead following a well-worked free kick, giving Simeone's side a huge advantage over the runaway Serie A leaders ahead of the return leg in Turin next month.

Simeone still made headlines for his wild behaviour on the touchline, however, putting his hands on his trousers in a provocative celebration after Gimenez had broken the deadlock.

"It means we are brave," he said.

"You have to be brave to start Costa and Koke after they hadn't played for over a month, and that's what I did." Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri criticised his side for switching off in the closing stages and for not showing patience.

Juventus defender Alex Sandro will be suspended from the second leg in Turin after getting a yellow card, while Atletico will be without Costa and Thomas Partey through suspension.

"There will be great disappointment after this result but we can turn the tie around," Allegri added.

"It will not be easy, we will need a great performance but it can be done and we must believe in ourselves."




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