Simeone: We were up against the best

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has expressed his delight after his side booked their spot in the Champions League final.

Despite suffering a 2-1 loss to FC Bayern München on Tuesday, Simeone’s side progressed to the tournament final on the away goals rule.

The 46-year-old is, unsurprisingly, delighted with how the campaign has progressed, with his men having overcome defending champions Barcelona in the quarter-final before eliminating Bayern at the Allianz Arena.

“This Champions League has been spectacular and very difficult,”he said.

“We have overcome two of the three best in the world, going through difficulties and suffering.

“In the first half we saw a tremendous Bayern, with pressure, speed and intensity. We were up against the best team I have faced in my career.

“Their first half was fantastic, with us providing a minimal response to the situations they created.

“In the second half it was no longer the same match, it was more even. We countered well, scored a goal and were closer to capitalising on our advantage from the [Vicente] Calderon.”

Thomas Muller failed to convert a first-half penalty, while Fernando Torres’ attempt from the spot was saved by Manuel Neuer in the closing stages of the match. Simeone pointed to the two misses as key moments in the match.

“The two penalties were key at the time because of what they transmitted,” Simeone added.

“If they had scored theirs it would have become very difficult. And for them it would have cost a lot if Torres scored.”