Simeone: 'Gesture came from the heart'

Diego Simeone explained his controversial celebration after Atletico Madrid beat Juventus 2-0 and “we fully expect to suffer in the second leg.”

Atleti had a penalty revoked because VAR showed it was outside the box, then an Alvaro Morata goal disallowed for a push on Giorgio Chiellini.

Both goals came in the space of four minutes with set plays that weren’t dealt with properly and fired in on the rebound from close range.

“We had put in a great performance against Borussia Dortmund. We got important players back like Koke and Costa, we were able to play an intelligent game against a huge team with very strong players,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We had to make the most of every situation we could get. It’s a very good result.”

Every time Atletico have won the first leg 2-0, they have qualified for the next round.

“We know that we are facing a great team, a great club and great champions in Turin. We fully expect to suffer in the second leg.”

Simeone’s celebration after the goal caused some controversy, as he grabbed at his crotch, a gesture he had already done as a player with Lazio.

“I did it as a player in Lazio-Bologna and I did it again to show our fans that we have cojones. It wasn’t aimed at the other team, I was turning towards our own supporters.

“It’s not a nice gesture, I admit, but I felt the need to do it. It was such a tough game, we fought so hard and Diego Costa worked really hard when he wasn’t 100 per cent fit. I had to show what I was feeling.

“I can only apologise if anyone was offended, but I did it from the heart.”

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— Andersinho Marques (@Andersinho_ITA) February 20, 2019

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