first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was proud of his side after they eliminated Sporting Lisbon from the Europa League in what turned out to be a tricky tieThe Spanish side defeated Sporting in the first leg of their quarter-final clash 2-0 last week and had a tricky return leg in Lisbon on Thursday night with the hosts emerging with a 1-0 victory, after having forced Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak into a couple of world-class saves.But the Solvenian’s mistake did allow Fredy Montero to give Sporting the lead and set up a tense remainder of the match with Atletico emerging with a narrow 2-1 aggregate win to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.“Of course I expected to suffer,” said Simeone, according to ESPN.“The teams are increasingly competitive, strong at home, and any cup is difficult.“Sporting played a great first half and I agree that we were tremendously inaccurate during that period.“I’m happy to eliminate a tough opponent, and I already said that I expected them to do something different.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Argentine coach expressed pride in the way Atletico have performed in Europe in recent times with the club having reached the semi-finals of the past two Champions League campaigns.Simeone believes that having now progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League, with the target of a third crown in sight, Atletico have confirmed their place as one of the biggest club’s in all of Europe.“We live with the reality and that is the Europa League. So we play in it with enthusiasm.” said the 47 year-old.“I am very proud, because once again we are among the best in Europe.“Last year it was the semifinals of the Champions League and this time the Europa League.”Joining Atletico are Arsenal, RB Salzburg and Marseille, for Friday’s draw for the semi-finals of the Europa League.last_img

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