Diego Simeone Gives Honest Response To Federico Valverde's Red Card
Diego Simeone has defended Federico Valverde's tactical foul for Real Madrid on Sunday night, despite it possibly costing Atletico Madrid the Spanish Super Cup final.
Valverde was shown a red card five minutes from the end of extra time for hacking down Alvaro Morata who was one on one with Thibaut Courtois.
The game was forced to a penalty shootout and 'Los Blancos' ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
This Valverde foul won real madrid the final. Real need to give valverde a pay raise pic.twitter.com/a50mdnJZfK
- Wesley (@WesleyL10) January 12, 2020
Humorously, the Uruguayan midfielder was named Man of the Match and it's a decision fellow countryman Simeone agreed with.
"I think the award for the best player makes perfect sense because Valverde won the game with that action," Simeone said in a post match press conference.
"It was the most important play of the game. If the play continued, it was possibly a goal. I told him not to worry, that he did what he had to do. We will see how many days [suspension] they [Spanish FA] give him."
"I think the award for the best player makes perfect sense because Valverde won the game with that action. I told him not to worry, that he did what he had to do." - Diego Simeone on Federico Valverde's match-saving foul against his team in The Spanish Super Cup final. pic.twitter.com/GsabDjMdvH
- MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) January 13, 2020
The game was a rather drab affair in Saudi Arabia but Zinedine Zidane's side kept their metal in the shootout as the Frenchman won his ninth consecutive final as a manager.
One player who stood out in the shootout was Brazilian teenager Rodrygo.
The 19-year-old smashed his penalty past Jan Oblak in the Atleti net and many didn't expect the youngster to step up.
This penalty by Rodrygo deserves more attention. That placement is simply unbelievable. What a hit. :fire::fire: pic.twitter.com/eW1gntN1A1
- World Cup (@FlFAWC2018) January 12, 2020
Following the game, he revealed teammate Toni Kroos was a big advocate for the youngster to take a spot kick.
"When they were deciding who should take one [penalties in the shootout] I waited a bit, as there were others with more experience. Kroos said that I should take one. He insisted, saying 'Rodrygo, Rodrygo.'"
Kroos explained why he told the youngster to step forward to take one of the penalties, saying, "I know Rodrygo takes penalties very well. That's why I told him he has to take it."
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