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‘Juventus draw more than deserved’

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Atletico Madrid’s Argentine forward Angel Correa, Atletico Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Vitolo and Atletico Madrid’s English defender Kieran Trippier celebrate after Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera scored during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus, at The Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, on September 18, 2019. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insists they deserve their point with Juventus.

This Champions League clash finished 2-2, after the Bianconeri were 2-0 up with Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi goals, but Atleti fought back with two headers from set plays courtesy of Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera.

“We were missing something in the first half and Juve stepped up after the break, but I liked the fact we never gave in and fought back for a result,” said Cholo.

“We always tried to create situations where we could hurt Juve. Jose Maria Gimenez went close, as did Vitolo and Angel Correa, so it was a more than deserved point.

“I don’t see this draw as a good or bad result. Juve are very strong opponents with a lot of experience and an average age of 29 compared to our 24. Experience helps at this level and that is why matches like this can help us mature for what awaits in future.

“The important thing is not to lose intensity during the game and to maintain faith in our characteristics.”


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