Atletico boss Simeone praised Leo Messi
Atletico-Barca encounter ended in a 1-1 draw.Despite the dominance Leo Messi failed to score the winning goal against the tough Atletico defence.
However Atleti manager praised the Argentine for his hardwork.Messi was not on the scoresheet against Simeone’s Atleti, but he struck the post in the second half and was influential in building Barca’s momentum ahead of Luis Suarez’s late equaliser.
Simeone picked out his compatriot – who fired Argentina to the 2018 World Cup with a hat-trick against Ecuador earlier this week – for particular praise as he revelled in the occasion at Wanda Metropolitano.
“The stadium was wonderful, we had another night of brilliant football, and with the impressive Messi – extraordinary,” the Atleti head coach said.
“Messi was the only one who you could see where, every time he touched the ball, something different could happen.
“He was certainly not as tired as many expected after the trip [from international duty in South America] because he played a tremendous match.”