Simeone praises Atletico for making history against Arsenal

Europa League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 04/05/2018

Diego Simeone heaped praises on his team after Atletico Madrid 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals at the Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday evening.

 Diego Costa's first-half strike was enough to guarantee the Madrid based outfit a spot in the final, Atletico went through on 2-1 aggregate.

Simeone who served a touchline ban was excited with his team’s performance at their new Stadium, Atleti has now reached the Europa Cup League finals three times in nine years.

"History is made in this kind of games and stadiums need to be fortresses and they are so with big games and big wins like this," he said.

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"I felt how the atmosphere was. The fans were with us every step of the way, they knew the side needed them and it's one of the first pages we've written in the history of the Metropolitano."

Simeone watched from the stands after being sent off in the first leg at Emirates Stadium, where his 10-man team managed to claim a 1-1 draw.

The Argentinian was thrilled to see his side secure a spot in the final, with Marseille awaiting in Lyon on May 16.

"We are delighted to be there in the final, we've wanted to be back in a final ever since the last one we reached," said the 48-year-old. 

"The side responded so well last week, they suffered, [goalkeeper Jan] Oblak had a great game – but that's what happens on these big nights, big players stand up to be counted and the team were up there with him at that level.

"We worked well this week and we felt good going into tonight," Simeone said via UEFA.

Simeone and his troops will face Marseille in the final in Lyon, France on the 16th of May.