City boss Pep Guardiola responds to Diego Simeone over intelligence remark

Appearing in his own press conference, Guardiola had to say about Simeone.

Emotions were ruled after the Champions League quarter-final between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid. Guardiola’s side knocked out La Liga giants in the second leg 1-0 to secure a semifinal berth in the Champions League.

Not only did the scuffles between the players necessitate the presence of the police after the match, but Diego Simeone also added more fuel to the fire.

Diego didn’t name Man City’s manager but more or less accused his opposite number of ‘praising [him] with contempt.

While appearing in his own press conference after the match, Guardiola had this to say on Simeone.

“I have only ever had good words to say about him. He can play however he wants, of course. I would never say otherwise. All I said was that it is very hard. And they know how to do that better than anyone in the world.”

“Don’t be mistaken, I never criticised Atlético.

“They pushed us back, we forgot how to play. That’s to their credit. We’re celebrating going through but after that second half, we could be out. We were in big, big trouble. They had chances to score, but they didn’t in the end.”

Manchester City will now face another Spanish club, Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

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