Simeone stays cool after Barca win

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone wasn't getting caught up in the euphoria of his side's win over Barcelona on Wednesday night.

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Diego Simeone: Proud of his side's efforts

Diego Simeone: Proud of his side's efforts

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone preferred not to get caught up in the euphoria of his side's historic Champions League victory over Barcelona, pointing out they have won nothing yet.

Atletico's fairytale season continued on Wednesday night when they reached the semi-finals of the European Cup for the first time in 40 years after Koke's early strike earned them a 1-0 second-leg win over Barca and a 2-1 aggregate triumph.

That win keeps Atletico on course for a memorable trophy double this season as they also lead the Primera Division standings heading into the final six games.

The Rojiblancos have not won the league since 1996 while they have never been crowned champions of Europe, but despite being within touching distance of achieving something very special this campaign, Simeone is determined to keep his feet on the ground.

He told AStv: "I'm happy because we did a good job, the guys had a very good game and this has given us enthusiasm, joy for our fans and the desire to continue working hard.

"(But) we haven't won anything yet, it was an important game but we need to use it to continue improving.

"We need to be calm because there's a long way to go and we know that we have a very tough game coming up. Above all the fans need to enjoy an historic moment because it's not easy to get to the semi-finals."

Friday's draw could throw up a semi-final showdown against bitter rivals Real Madrid, with holders Bayern Munich and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea the other possibilities.

Any of the three would be a mouthwatering prospect but, with Simeone having no control over who they are paired against, the Argentinian is only focused on this weekend's Primera Division derby against Getage.

"We're not thinking about that (the Champions League draw). We're thinking about the Getafe game and then we'll prepare for whoever we face," he said.

"We're not in a situation where we can choose, we're ready for whoever we're drawn against and the aim is to continue being competitive like we've been up to now."


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