Atletico Madrid supervisor Diego Simeone has apologised for any offence attributable to his celebrations against Juventus, however acknowledged: “I did it from the heart.”
Simeone grew to change into in the direction of followers and grabbed his crotch after Jose Maria Gimenez opened the scoring in a 2-0 select.
“It be not a pleasant gesture, I admit, however I felt the enjoy to maintain it,” he acknowledged.
“I did it as a participant at Lazio and I did it again to point our followers that we have cojones. I’m in a position to finest apologise if any individual used to be offended.”
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Gimenez’s fellow central defender Diego Godin added the 2nd design 5 minutes later to set up Atletico responsible of the Champions League final-16 tie.
The Spanish aspect enjoy kept a tidy sheet in all three of their Champions League games against Juve, who enjoy to ranking at the least twice in Turin on 12 March.
“It wasn’t aimed at the opposite team, I was turning in the direction of our maintain supporters,” Simeone acknowledged.
“There are rather about a things that would per chance also be won in soccer, however what’s going to the least bit times stay are the recollections of playing in a competitive team and that is the most healthy and magnificent explain that can happen to an athlete.”
Atletico enjoy never won the Champions League and enjoy lost two finals and a semi-final to opponents Steady Madrid previously six years.