Diego Simeone has said that Atletico Madrid have an almost “impossible” task when they play Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final next week.
Last Tuesday a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo secured a 3 – 0 win for Real Madrid in the first leg giving them a considerable advantage going into the next half of the game on Wednesday.
In the past whenever a team has lost by three or more goals at this stage of the competition they have failed to make up the difference and progress to the next round.
Simeone said after the match that the team has an incredibly difficult task if they are to reach their third final in four years. “They took the first part of the tie, but now there’s the second. We need to forget about this game. Now we have to try to do something impossible, but as we call ourselves Atletico Madrid, we are possibly capable. It’s very complicated, but it’s football. Football has unexpected things that make it marvellous. Until the last drop of hope is gone, we will give it everything we have.”
Meanwhile Zinedine Zidane praised the “unique” abilities of Ronaldo. He headed the team into an early lead, sent a second past Jan Oblak in the 73rd minute and then finished with a late third.
Speaking after the match Zidane said, “Cristiano is a goal scorer. He is unique. All the players were brilliant. I am lucky to have these players. We try to play our football and enjoy ourselves. It works because we have great players with great attitudes.”
Nonetheless, he warned his team about being complacent and said that they will have to “work hard and fight” in the second leg if they are to be sure of reaching the final.