Simeone admits Juve’s tactical superiority

TURIN, ITALY - MARCH 12: Head coach Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Juventus and Club de Atletico Madrid at Allianz Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Diego Simeone admitted Juventus tactical superiority in their Champions League clash that saw his side throw away a two-goal lead.

Cristiano Ronaldo was once again a thorn in the flesh of the Rojiblancos as he scored a sensational hat-trick to overturn the 2-0 lead from the first leg in Spain.

Simeone’s men couldn’t find a way to stop the Bianconeri that came out smoking from the start to finish.

And after the game, Simeone took full responsibility, telling reporters via Sky: “It was not about commitment, about work or effort.

“Juventus were better and deserved to win the game. They pushed us back. You must congratulate a rival when they play a game like that and you are beaten like today.

“We made many mistakes, for sure – but I mean me, not the players. They were better tactically and on second balls. That is why they won the game.”

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The former Inter Milan player didn’t question his side’s character in the game but simply admitted Allegri’s men were better.

Simeone added: “I don’t think it was our worst performance, nor did I see a lack of character. They simply played better and we have to congratulate them. We had played quite well towards half-time and created a big chance, but were unable to do enough in the second half. We couldn’t contrast them.

“I think Juve’s greatest strength is their pressing capability. Even when we did escape their pressing, we weren’t good enough on the second balls.

“Juventus played in a similar way to what we did in the first leg. We struggled and they deservedly go through to the quarter-finals.”