ATLETICO MAKE COACH PROUD
Joyful Simeone hails his men’s latest European march
good draw and through to the semis,” added Griezmann.
“We have to show every year we are among the best teams in Europe and every year we achieve it.”
New Leverkusen boss Tayfun Korkut was taking charge of his first Champions League game and summoned a much-improved performance as they forced Atletico onto the back foot for long spells.
However, Korkut hailed Atletico’s desire to defend as Oblak’s miraculous triple save to deny firstly Julian Brandt and then two followup efforts from Kevin Volland midway through the s e c o n d - h a l f s ecured Los Rojiblancos’ 17th clean sheet in their last 20 home Champions League games. Korkut was hired after a 6-2 thrashing at Dortmund following their first leg defeat saw Roger Schmidt sacked.
And with Leverkusen languishing in 10th in the Bundesliga, Korkut is hoping to gain momentum from their impressive showing to make a late run to qualify for Europe next season.
Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko (right) celebrates after scoring past Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero in a Champions League last 16, second leg tie at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on Wednesday.