Diego Pablo Simeone did not hide his satisfaction with the direct access to the Champions League victory achieved by 3 goals to 1 against Celta Vigo. The Argentine coach was full of praise for the players, the coaching staff, and to everyone who is part of Atletico Madrid. "It was one of the objectives. I want to highlight the work of all the people working at Atletico Madrid. We looked around when we arrived back in December, I tried hitting among the best in Europe and in the first six months we were close but could not be. We won the Europa League and the Super Cup and that’s down to the work at all levels of the club. The players, I’ll say again are amazing. Behind this team there are many people who are not seen, the therapists, the doctor, the leaders, everyone who works daily at the club and is an important part working for Atletico Madrid and I thank you all for contributing to this," he said.
Courtois broke another record after beating goalkeeper Abel Resino as the keeper t go the longest without conceding away from home. Simone stressed the importance of the good season the Belgian has had at Atletico. "We have an outstanding goalkeeper. He always gives confidence and I think he has a lot more to give and hopefully he can do with us."
The Argentina coach wouldot relax ahead of the upcoming games to focus on the cup final against Real Madrid. "We cannot get away from the next game because we've never approached things differently, we need to look at Barcelona. We know it will be a difficult game on Sunday, but the fans can get together and celebrate making it to the champions league." he said.
Finally, Simeone made clear that Celta made things very complicated because they were playing for three very important points. Despite the tension of the game, the coach from Buenos Aires highlighted the good work of his players. "It's very difficult to play in the situation where the Celta players are. Obviously, the tension makes them work and they gave their lives to get the three points and made for a great game."