Diego Simeone reveals motivation behind viral Atleti vs Juve celebration

Simeone provides explanation

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has revealed the motivation behind his viral celebration during the Champions League clash with Juventus.

There was a lot to talk about the game for several different reasons.

VAR was one of the biggest talking points as Alvaro Morata was denied a goal against his former club for a second time in a week.

Ronaldo was also in the headlines after he trolled Atletico Madrid and their fans both during the game and after it.

Though, another big talking point came in the form of Diego Simeone’s celebration.

The Argentine is known for being a passionate manager and his latest outburst came after Jose Gimenez scored the first goal.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 26: Diego Simeone, Manager of Atletico Madrid reacts after he is sent to the stands during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final leg one match between Arsenal FC and Atletico Madrid at Emirates Stadium on April 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

‘To show our fans that we have cojones’

Simeone turned to his own fans, grabbing his crotch, a celebration he was known for during his time as a player at Lazio.

Safe to say, the internet loved it and images of the celebration soon went viral.

Now, Simeone has been speaking about the celebration.

While he apologised for any offence caused, he explained he did it to show fans ‘that we have cojones’.

“It’s not a nice gesture, I admit, but I felt the need to do it,” he explained, as quoted by the BBC. 

“I did it as a player at Lazio and I did it again to show our fans that we have cojones. I can only apologise if anyone was offended.

 

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“It wasn’t aimed at the other team, I was turning towards our own supporters.

“There are many things that can be won in football, but what will always remain are the memories of playing in a competitive team and that is the most healthy and beautiful thing that can happen to an athlete.”

 

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