Diego Simeone has insisted it was his mistake that led to the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Juventus.
Juventus overturned a two goal deficit courtesy a brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick as the Italian giants overcame the challenge of Atletico Madrid in Turin. Juventus were a no match for the Spanish side in the first leg.
But an improved second leg performance from Ronaldo and co. saw them through to the next round of the Champions League. Simeone looked confident before the game but the hapless Argentine conceded the fact that Juventus were superior to them in all aspects.
Simeon said, “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.”
“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.