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Simeone promises an even stronger Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone hailed the significance of their UEFA Super Cup win over Real Madrid and insists that it will only make them stronger

A brace from Diego Costa at the Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn put the final into extra-time after both Karim Benzema and captain Sergio Ramos had put Real into the lead.

Goals from Saul Niguez and Koke then ensured Atletico of a third Super Cup in eight years with a 4-2 win.

After losing the Champions League final in 2014 and 16 to their city rivals, Wednesday’s victory tasted particularly sweet for Simeone and his men.

“Real hadn’t lost an international final since 2000,” said the Argentine, according to Sports Mole.

“In the previous finals against them the little details were against us, so that’s why we could not win the finals.

“We had already beat them in the [2013] Copa del Rey final and the [2014] Supercopa de Espana, and now we beat them also in Europe. This will make us stronger and we will celebrate it.

“It was an extraordinary night from Diego Costa, [he] made us stronger. After the [equaliser for] 2-2 the team believed more and more. With this great squad we have, we need everybody involved. If all our players are in good condition, our possibilities are higher.”

Atletico will now turn their attention to Monday’s first game of their La Liga campaign away to Valencia.