Simeone faced the microphones after his team were defeated in the Europa League:
Are you proud of the players? "The key thing in football is knowing how to compete, and once again the team showed it is full of men, who are proud of what they do and committed to the club, who were ready to turn the tie around and did everything they could to do so. That will help to make the team stronger".
What was somewhat incredible was that Atlético only managed to score a single goal in two games, with the chances they had... "In the first leg, without playing very well, we had four or five chances, against a team who were tight at the back. In the second leg we attacked for 90 minutes. People said before the game that we had brought a weakened team, but Atlético have competitive players and although we didn't manage to go through but with the players we brought we played well.
What did you think of Kazan? "I wish them all the best and that they go as far as possible".
What was the team missing? "We needed to turn our superiority in goals. We're happy about the young lads like Saúl and Manquillo who fought hard. They showed how committed to the club they are".