Simeone: Girona Copa del Rey tie still open

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MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 28: Diego Simeone, Manager of Atletico Madrid gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Club Atletico de Madrid and AS Monaco at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on November 28, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Spanish side Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone has praised the club’s Copa del Rey opponents Girona adding that the tie is still open.

Athletico Madrid was forced to a 1-1 draw away to Girona after Antoine Griezmann’s ninth-minute opener was canceled out by Anthony Lozano.

Athletico Madrid will host the return leg next and Simeone feels the tie is still open for anyone to win.

“Girona are a strong side who are doing things well. In Spanish football, every team you face makes things difficult for you,” he told a news conference via FourFourTwo.

“The tie is open, with a 50 percent chance for both sides. We’ll see what happens next week.”

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Simeone believes Girona were no push-overs and says his team played better in the second half.

“It was a dynamic match between Girona, who tried to hurt us on the break, and us,” he said.


“We tried to play in their half of the pitch. We played well in the second half.”