CL: Loss could have been worse, says Atletico coach Simeone

Leverkusen: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is relieved Bayer Leverkusen only scored one goal in their Champions League defeat in Germany.

Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone 

Last season's finalists were beaten 1-0 in the opening leg after Hakan Calhanoglu scored for the Bundesliga outfit the 57th minute and the Spanish champions were on the back foot for the last 14 minutes of the game following the sending-off of Tiago Mendes.

Leverkusen dominated the encounter but could not add to their advantage.

Leverkusen's midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu Pics/AFP
Leverkusen's midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu Pics/AFP 

"I'm happy with the result because seeing how the game developed it could have been worse," Simeone told his club's official website.

Happy despite loss
"Considering I had to make two substitutions in the first half, that we had a goal disallowed, that we had to play a man down after Mendes' sending-off, I am happy to leave with a 1-0 defeat."

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