Diego Simeone Gives A Brilliant Response For The Meaning Behind His ‘Cojones’ Celebration
Diego Simeone did not hold back with his celebration during Atlético Madrid's 2-0 victory over Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League clash.
The 48-year-old Argentine manager wanted to show that his team had the cojones needed to beat the Italian club, prompting him to turn to his fans and grabbing his crotch in front of them.
When he was asked about his celebration, the Atlético boss offered a brilliant response to the question.
"It means we have balls, a lot of balls," he explained.
Well, Simeone was straight to the point on that one!
However, the former Atlético and Inter Milan player went on to apologise to anyone who took offence to his behaviour on the touchline.
"I did it as a player in Lazio against Bologna and I did it again to show our fans that we have cojones," he said (via the Daily Mail).
"It wasn't aimed at the other team, I was turning towards our own supporters. It's not a nice gesture, I admit, but I felt the need to do it.
"It was such a tough game, we fought so hard and Diego Costa worked really hard when he wasn't 100 per cent fit.
"To put in Costa and Koke after so long out you must have balls."
José Giménez and Diego Godín both scored against Juventus at the Wanda Metropolitano to hand Simeone's men an important aggregate lead ahead of next month's return leg.
However, Los Rojiblancos 'keeper Jan Oblak has warned that his side must not be complacent against the Old Lady.
"We knew it would be a tight game, a difficult game, and I think we did our job correctly," he said after the match (via Football Espana).
"We had more chances to score, so I think we can be happy with this game.
"It's good for us, but it's not job done yet, there are another 90 minutes of work in Turin, we need to stay calm and prepare well.
"It was a bit funny that two centre-backs scored the goals, as that is unusual, but the important thing is that we won. I congratulated them for their goals, they deserve it.
"You don't prepare a different way if Cristiano Ronaldo is playing. He is one of the best in history and scored a lot of goals, but you have to prepare the game against Juventus as a team.
"We are all happy to play big games and this one tonight was huge."
During the match, Atlético fans renewed their rivalry with former Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
Following on from the match, there was no love lost between the five-time Ballon d'Or winner and Los Rojiblancos' media.
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