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Diego Simeone explains what he really said to Alvaro Morata during semi-final

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Atletico Madrid's plan to avenge last season's Champions League heartbreak against Real Madrid could not be going much worse.

The Rojiblancos trail Zinedine Zidane's side 3-0 after the semi-final first leg at the Bernabeu.

Barring a miracle in the last ever derby at the Vicente Calderon, it will be the reigning champions who progress to the glamorous destination of Wales for the final.

Usually so tight in the middle of the pitch, Atleti were disappointing and did little to combat the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, who surpassed the 100-goal mark in the competition with a hat-trick.

That feeling of coming up short is becoming depressingly familiar for Diego Simeone after losing two finals to Real in the space of two years.

The question is whether he and his players can envisage the club winning the competition in the coming years.

FIFA are yet to confirm whether their transfer ban will remain in place this summer, and if the embargo isn't overturned, it's going to be difficult for Atletico to strengthen.

A difficult summer ahead 

Antoine Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, while the futures of others like Saul Niguez are thought to be tied to Simeone's.

Put simply, a lot rests on whether the manager moves with them into their new stadium. A switch to Inter Milan is still on the cards, per Goal, though he has hinted that he'll see out his contract until 2018.

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Only the man himself knows whether he'll still be in the dugout next season. Atleti fans were given hope that he was making plans for next term following a reported conversation with Alvaro Morata, but he has quickly moved to clear those rumours up.

Spanish publication Sport picked up on claims that he spoke to Morata during the semi-final as the former Juventus man warmed up near the dugout.

In the video below, it was thought he had shouted "come with me to Atletico".

However, he has since told a press conference:

"I didn't say that, I just made a joke when he passed me."

Morata is expected to leave Real this summer having grown frustrated at his bit-part role under Zidane.

The 24-year-old has scored 18 goals this season, but he has still been restricted to just 12 La Liga starts amid fierce competition in Los Blancos' front line.

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