Simeone hails Saul’s versatility, quality

Diego Simeone has praised Saul Niguez after the midfielder's sensational solo goal gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 lead in their Champions League semi-final tie.

The 21-year-old scored his third Champions League goal of the season on Wednesday night, curling the ball expertly past the diving Manuel Neuer after dribbling through the entire Bayern Munich defence.

"This isn't the moment to count the intimate moments between Saul and myself," AS reports Simeone as saying. "Everything good that is happening to him is for his work and his quality.

"It was a great individual play. Saul has a lot of versatility, he can play in different positions, he is very complete and that satisfies me. What happens is a result of his effort.

"I saw his goal quite well. He did well with the first dribble and that gave him the chance with the second. I didn't see any more after that."

Simeone would not be drawn into commenting on the player's likelihood of being included in Spain's Euro 2016 squad.

"Saul for Spain? I'm very respectful of [Vicente del Bosque] and I can't answer that question," the Argentine said.