27 February 2012

Simeone: "The referee? There were things like the hand of Busquets ..."

Diego Pablo Simeone, Atlético Madrid coach, lamented his team's defeat against Barcelona (1-2) by a "genius" of Messi in Barca's second goal. "We will not discuss whether it is a problem of the barrier, whether to have it or not, if there Busquets penalty or whether it was necessary to expel Alves in the second half," he joked Simeone. "The referee was perfect although there were little things," he added with a smile on his face.

"The results are always fair. We try to do our game, playing in a certain way, trying to close the spaces. In the first half cost us a little more and in the second half saw a more open game and we could get ahead, but a genius left us with nothing, "he said. Atlético coach said his team had chances to win in the second half. "We had one of Juanfran, Falcao another" and that during that period could achieve victory. "The team played as I wanted, but did not leave a genius," he said. (via AS)