Atletico ends Liverpool’s champions league hope

epa08203929 Atletico Madrid's players celebrate during a Spanish LaLiga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Granada at Wanda Metrolopitano in Madrid, Spain, 08 February 2020. EPA-EFE/KIKO HUESCA

Atletico ends Liverpool's champions league hope

Liverpool which has been in the best form in the premier league and UEFA Champion League but Atletico Madrid has put an end to the hope of the Champions League.

One of Liverpool’s player, Georginio Wijnaldum’s smart header just before the break cancelled out Diego Simeone’s side’s 1-0 lead from the first leg, and Roberto Firmino then netted early on in extra-time to put Jürgen Klopp’s team ahead.

But Atletico recovered thanks to a Marcos Llorente double and a late goal from Alvaro Morata to make it 4-2 on aggregate.

The Premier League outfit dominated possession and had twice as many shots on target as their Spanish opponents, but saw their title defence brought to an end.

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And coach Klopp feels Atletico should be capable of much better given the quality of their team.

“I am completely happy with the performance. It’s so difficult to play a side like this,” he told BT Sport .

“I don’t understand with the quality they have the football they play. They could play proper football but they stand deep and have counterattacks.

“We accept it of course but it doesn’t feel right tonight. I realise I am a really bad loser,

especially when the boys put such an effort in against world class players on the other side

who defend with two rows of four.

“We know in the last two years we had some lucky moments in the Champions League, you

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have to, to reach two finals, but today it was everything was against us in the decisive

moments.”

He added: “For the score to go 2-1 was not cool, it was a blow but it’s not a big problem.

The second goal was a bigger problem.

“After the second goal the legs were a bit tired. Everything that looked really natural in the

first 90 minutes became a bit stiff. The crosses did not have the same quality We wanted

the first time crosses like for the first goal, which was brilliant and the boys forget to do that.”



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