Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid head coach, commented on the 3-1 win over Porto and the Champions League round of 16.
“The difficulties, the fact that we didn’t have three of our four centre-backs, but there are players with few minutes who are still so important to us. Today it was [Sime] Vrsaljko’s turn, we knew he could do his job. [Geoffrey] Kondogbia is the same.
“The whole team got involved in the game, gave everything, put their hearts into it. We have a goalkeeper who delivered in moments of difficulty. In the second half, if they had scored from that chance, they win. Today was a beautiful day, a great day.
The boys from the youth team made it through and I wanted to as well. They gave us the ambition of wanting to make it through. We are going to remember this as one of the classic Champions League matches of our lifetime, against a great team in a tough game. We’re similar. The game had everything – sendings off, chances. Football, how beautiful.”
In Group B, Atlético scored 7 points and finished second. Porto finished third and will continue to fight in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League.