Atletico Madrid's Champions League exit is no failure: Coach Diego Simeone

Dec 07, 2017, 08:42 IST | Agencies

Diego Simeone insisted Atletico Madrid's Champions League campaign was not a failure after they were eliminated on Tuesday. Atletico required maximum points from their final Group 'C' fixture to stand any chance of progressing, but the three-time Eur

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Diego Simeone insisted Atletico Madrid's Champions League campaign was not a failure after they were eliminated on Tuesday. Atletico required maximum points from their final Group 'C' fixture to stand any chance of progressing, but the three-time European runners-up could only draw 1-1 at Chelsea. Saul Niguez had Atletico on track for victory at Stamford Bridge before Stefan Savic turned the ball into his own net as the Spanish side finished third. Atletico coach Simeone, however, was relatively upbeat as he looked ahead to the Europa League. "We didn't fail. This can happen. They gave it their all to win and try to go through until the last minute. We're fine," Simeone was quoted saying by Goal.com.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone
Atletico boss Diego Simeone

"It's now a new challenge for us. New dreams to fight for." Meanwhile, Antonio Conte insists Chelsea have nothing to fear in the last 16 even though his side could face Barcelona or PSG. "When you play this competition, you must be ready to face the best teams," Conte said. "We know we could play Barcelona or PSG. We must be ready. At the same time I think our opponent won't be happy to play against us."

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