Sep 30, 2016

    Atletico's play lauded despite penalty miss


    ATLETICO Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed his side's display as one of the best in his hugely successful five-year reign in charge, as Yannick Carrasco inflicted another 1-0 defeat for Bayern Munich at the Vicente Calderon.

    Simeone's men also beat Bayern at home in April on their way to a second Champions League final in three years.

    And the Argentine lauded Atletico's tactical discipline as they secured an incredible 15th clean sheet and 14th win in 18 home Champions League games under Simeone.

    "I feel so proud to be the coach of this team," said Simeone.

    "It was one of the best performances in my time at Atletico Madrid."

    Atletico could even afford to see top scorer Antoine Griezmann smash a penalty off the crossbar seven minutes from time.

    Griezmann has now missed four of six penalties he has taken for Atletico, including crucially in defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

    However, Simeone insisted the Frenchman will remain on spot-kick duty.

    "He missed a penalty like (Diego) Maradona, (Lionel) Messi, (Michel) Platini, Zico, all the best players in the world," added Simeone.

    "He will keep taking them. He has incredible personality."