Atletico Madrid have soul says Diego Simeone [divider]
Atletico Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen on penalties to book a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Atleti boss Diego Simeone described his side as having the inner strength to win big games.
“All matches are the same for us. We are what people saw tonight: a team that sometimes don’t play well but put their soul into the game. This victory gives us inner strength to keep on competing in every match,” Simeone was quoted as saying on the official UEFA website.
The La Liga champions reached the final of the Champions League last season but eventually lost out to rivals Real Madrid.
Turkish international Arda Turan started for the Rojiblancos and was awarded the Man of the Match award by AS.
The Turkish international has won the La Liga, Spanish Cup, Europa League, European Super Cup and reached the Champions League final under Simeone’s command.
Atleti are currently fourth in the Spanish league, nine points behind league leaders Barcelona.
The Rojiblancos take on Getafe next in the league in the mini Madrid derby.