Diego Simeone has surprisingly defended Cristiano Ronaldo after the superstar copied his ’balls’ celebration following Juventus’ 3-0 victory in the Champions League on Tuesday.
In the fist leg match when Juventus were losing 2-0, Simeone turned to Atletico fans and made an improper gesture during his celebration. And Ronaldo used the same celebration in Turin on Tuesday evening once Juve’s 3-0 victory was completed.
But when asked about Ronaldo’s celebration after the match, Simeone replied: “Surely he was thinking about his people when he did it, like me at the Wanda, saying they have personality.”
Speaking about Ronaldo’s match-winning performance against Atletico, Simeone said: “Cristiano is one of the best in the world, it is normal that he can play how he has done tonight.”
Simeone also admitted that Juve fully deserved their victory in Turin. “They were better than us and we have to compliment them,’ said the Atletico boss. “We tried to play our game. ‘In the first half we played well, but in the second we didn’t manage to make anything to get us through.
“Honestly, I’m calm and the players did well this week. “In the first leg we played well and hurt them. Tonight, things went wayward. “We didn’t manage to counter their performance.”