Wednesday September 18 2019
Simeone: 'More than deserved draw'

Diego Simeone maintains Atletico Madrid’s point against Juventus in a 2-2 draw was “more than deserved. I don’t see it as a good or bad result.”

The Bianconeri were 2-0 up with Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi goals, but Atleti fought back with two headers from set plays courtesy of Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera.

“We were missing something in the first half and Juve stepped up after the break, but I liked the fact we never gave in and fought back for a result,” said Cholo in his Press conference.

“We always tried to create situations where we could hurt Juve. Jose Maria Gimenez went close, as did Vitolo and Angel Correa, so it was a more than deserved point.

“I don’t see this draw as a good or bad result. Juve are very strong opponents with a lot of experience and an average age of 29 compared to our 24. Experience helps at this level and that is why matches like this can help us mature for what awaits in future.

“The important thing is not to lose intensity during the game and to maintain faith in our characteristics.”

Juventus lost here 2-0 last season with Max Allegri at the helm, but Maurizio Sarri has a very different philosophy of football.

“It will take time for Sarri to have what he has always shown at his other teams,” continued Simeone.

“Juve will always be dangerous, as they seem to be struggling, then just need two chances and they’ve scored two goals. They never lose their heads in the Champions League and with the players at their disposal, could go all the way. We’ll have to see if they do or not.”

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