Koke defends Atletico Madrid’s violent end to Man City clash

Koke defends Atletico Madrid’s violent end to Man City clash

Atletico Madrid captain Koke spoke about his team resorting to reckless tackles and sparking a brawl towards the end of their 0-0 draw against Man City in the Champions League, saying: “The match takes you to that madness when you see that you have chances and they drop to the ground and waste time.

“Many times we are criticised for this situation, but today it was them. Let's see what people think of this. Today it has been seen, we are Atletico de Madrid and I am proud of this team.

“I'm proud of my team-mates for the effort. I have nothing to reproach the team with. I'm proud of everyone and the fans, who have lost, stayed to applaud us after the game. This is Atletico.”

Atletico’s players lost their heads as time was running out for them to score a goal and salvage the quarter-finals tie after losing the first leg 1-0.

Man City’s players decided to give them a taste of their own medicine with a bit of playacting, which triggered the Atleti players to be involved in some scuffles.

Jack Grealish had his hair pulled by Stefan Savic, while defender Felipe was sent off for a reckless challenge on Phil Foden.

The drama continued after the game was over and the teams went through the tunnel, with players almost coming to blows and exchanging some feisty words.

Source: Goal.com
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