After Atlético lost a game of chance on Saturday night in Milan against Real Madrid, we take a look at some of the post-match quotes and tweets from our players and coaches, to show that we are certainly not alone in our grief, or our pride.
Stay strong Atléticos. We will be back.
“Defeat puts a lot of years on you,” said Cholo Simeone. “Congratulations to Real Madrid – they were superior to us, this time at penalties. We started the game badly, then we got ourselves organised from the 20th minute. In the second half we could have equalised very quickly but we could not convert the penalty.”
“I give great credit to the team for reinventing itself again after the failed penalty kick and we kept attacking until we scored the goal.”
In terms of his message to the fans, Simeone was apologetic.
“I’m very sad for not being able to give them this long-awaited Champions title. We have reached the Champions League final twice in three years. Coming second is a failure because I do not think that just reaching the final is something fantastic. We must thank the fans for all the effort they have made, they have filled the stadium, paid expensive tickets, always been with us.”
“The truth is that the team has responded very well to a very difficult Champions League because we had to play against Bayern, Barcelona, and Real Madrid.”
“And that makes you think. How am I not going to think, when I reached two finals, didn’t lose either in the 90 minutes, and won none? You have to think.”
According to some reports, ‘needing time to think’ indicated a willingness to take a break for Simeone.
“I’m considering taking some time off to reflect, nothing more,” he told reporters. “I am bound to Atletico and feel loved.
“It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t stop and reflect after losing two finals. It’s only logical.
“We pushed hard in what was a difficult Champions League and we lost. I really like these players and they pushed hard. I told my players not to cry because destiny is destiny and it wasn’t on our side.”
Captain Gabi was adamant that this wasn’t the end for this Atlético side.
“We have to be proud of this team. Starting tomorrow, we have to keep working. This is what is kind and cruel about football. The important thing is to be there and I am convinced that this team is going to come back to win a Champions League because it deserves it.”
Saúl was bursting with pride in his comments after the game.
“I am proud of my team, of my fans, and I’m proud of being an Atlético. I think that we have given our all and it’s something that happens in football. They have won the match with the luck of the penalties.”
Diego Godín used his Twitter account to post his thoughts after the match.
“Thank you all for the support. I’m proud of my colleagues and of you. Now and forever.”