Diego Simeone confident Atletico Madrid can knock out Bayer Leverkusen

Diego Simeone confident Atletico Madrid can knock out Bayer Leverkusen [divider]

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone admitted he is confident that Atletico Madrid can still make it to the next stage of the Champions League despite losing the first-leg against Bayer Leverkusen 1-0.

“We had problems caused by the pressure applied by Leverkusen and we were not able to play our own game. But I am quite confident for the return match in Madrid,” Simeone told the official UEFA website.

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Atleti star Arda Turan was the main talking point going into the game but Bayer’s Turkish international Hakan Çalhanoğlu stole the limelight.

The 21-year-old scored the only goal of the game to give Bayer the advantage going into the second-leg.

Turan also started the game but was unable to have the same influence on the game.

Bayer’s other Turkish international Ömer Toprak missed the first-leg due to suspension.

Simeone guided Atleti to the Champions League final last season. The Argentinian coach also led Atleti to the La Liga title last season.

The 47-year-old has won the Europa League, Europa League, European Super Cup and Copa del Rey.

 

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