Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone preferred not to get caught up in the euphoria of his side’s historic UEFA Champions League victory over Barcelona, pointing out they have won nothing yet.
Atletico’s fairytale season continued on Wednesday night when they reached the semi-finals of the European Cup for the first time in 40 years after Koke’s early strike earned them a 1-0 second-leg win over Barca and a 2-1 aggregate triumph. That win keeps Atletico on course for a memorable trophy double this season as they also lead La Liga heading into the final six games.
Los Rojiblancos have not won the league since 1996 while they have never been crowned champions of Europe, but despite being within touching distance of achieving something very special this campaign, Simeone is determined to keep his feet on the ground.
He told AStv: “I’m happy because we did a good job, the guys had a very good game and this has given us enthusiasm, joy for our fans and the desire to continue working hard. (But) we haven’t won anything yet, it was an important game but we need to use it to continue improving.
“We need to be calm because there’s a long way to go and we know that we have a very tough game coming up. Above all the fans need to enjoy an historic moment because it’s not easy to get the semi-finals.”