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Simeone: "I applaud my team for the way they responded"

"Our first half was good but after the sending off, our second half display was even better", the Argentine coach said in the post-match press conference.

Simeone: "I applaud my team for the way they responded"

A hard-fought victory with 10 men for 45 minutes: "Once again I have to applaud my team for the way they responded. Our first half was good but after the sending off, our second half display was even better. When we were left without Gabi, we changed to a 4-2-2-1 formation with Diego Costa on the left to stop Capdevila and it turned out well. The effort my players put in was extraordinary".

A player who stood out: "It wouldn't be fair for me to single out just one player. The full-backs defended well, Tiago gave us stability, Falcao had a great game as did the substitutes: Mario, Raúl García and Cebolla. They entered the game with great intensity - it was almost as though they have been on the pitch from the start".

Team changes for the Sevilla tie: "We going to go home and then start focusing on that game. We won't be making many changes; we'll eat well and have dinner as we always do".

The Vicente Calderón public after the Moscow defeat: "The fans were sensational - happy and boisterous. They wanted to see the team pull the stops out and that is what they saw tonight".

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