Super Cup glory will make Atletico strong - Simeone

Atletico Madrid has suffered European woe against rival Real Madrid and Diego Simeone feels winning the UEFA Super Cup can be significant.

Published : Aug 16, 2018 13:27 IST

Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid will grow after finally ending its misery at the hands of city rival Real Madrid in European finals.

Atleti was bested in extra-time and on penalties respectively by Los Blanco in the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals.

An additional period was also required during Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup clash in Tallinn, but a spectacular strike by Saul Niguez and a game-sealing effort from Koke shortly afterwards gave Simeone's men a 4-2 victory.

"Real hadn't lost an international final since 2000. In the previous finals against them the little details were against us, so that's why we could not win the finals," he said, having watched Diego Costa's earlier brace from the stands due to a UEFA touchline ban.

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"We had already beat them in the [2013] Copa del Rey final and the [2014] Supercopa de Espana, and now, we beat them also in Europe. This will make us stronger and we will celebrate it."

Simeone reserved special praise for Costa, who returned to Atleti from Chelsea last year and will spearhead the bid to repeat 2013-14's remarkable LaLiga title triumph.

"It was an extraordinary night from Diego Costa, [he] made us stronger. After the [equaliser for] 2-2 the team believed more and more. With this great squad we have, we need everybody involved. If all our players are in good condition, our possibilities are higher," he added.

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