Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has explained why he opted against shaking hands with Jurgen Klopp after his side’s defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday.
Liverpool got their two quick goals inside 13 minutes of play thanks to Mohamed Salah and Naby’s Keita’s strikes. Antoine Griezmann scored a brace just before halftime to draw Atleti level but was sent off in the second half. The hosts could not contain Liverpool and conceded the third from the spot, with Mo Salah completing his brace.
After the final whistle, Simeone walked down the tunnel without shaking Klopp’s hands. El Cholo was slammed by the British media, and in response, he gave his reasons behind the snub.
“I don’t always greet the other coach after the game because I don’t like it,” he explained.
“It’s not healthy for either the winner or the loser. I think of it that way. But now, when I see him, I’ll greet him without a problem.”
On defeat to Liverpool
“A tough match against an opponent who had a great game and usually wins matches by many goals,” he said.
“We didn’t start the match as we wanted but after the second goal, we began playing the match we were looking for. We had chances to put ourselves ahead, with the clearest one coming in the second half, but the goalkeeper made another great save. The team responded well to going a man down.”
The Reds are at the top of Group B with nine points while Atleti comes second with four, same as third-placed FC Porto.