We all know Diego Simeone sometimes allows his temper to get the better of him.
So, imagine his state when his side are entering injury-time in the Champions League semi-final with the tie finely posted.
Yeah, the Argentine is likely to be pretty stressed so it’s best to stay out of his way. Unfortunately for his assistant manager, he was in the firing line.
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We’re not quite sure why Simeone is so angry at a member of his staff but we’re assuming it’s because he failed to make a substitution when the ball was out of play.
It was entering the 93rd minute at the Allianz Arena and Simeone desperately wanted to bring on Stefan Savic. The tall defender was being readied to help Atleti deal with aerial balls into the box.
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However, Simeone’s assistant wasn’t ready with the substitute board and failed to give it to the fourth official in time to make the sub.
Cue a very angry Simeone.
He swung back his arm and gave his assistant a big slap in the arm.
Bayern needed just one more goal to progress to the Champions League final. Xabi Alonso had previously given them a first-half lead before a crucial away goal from Antoine Griezmann in the second-half appeared to send Atleti through.
A header from Robert Lewandowski with 15 minutes remaining set up a grandstand finish.
Simeone’s nerves wouldn’t have been helped when Fernando Torres missed a penalty with just five minutes remaining, either.
But, despite heavy pressure, and the failure to make a sub at the required time, Atletico managed to hold on to reach their second Champions League final in three years.
Just imagine if Bayern had scored from that passage of play when Savic was still waiting to come onto the pitch.
We think the slap would have turned into a punch from Simeone.
Atletico will now await the winner of the other semi-final between Real Madrid and Manchester City. The two sides played out a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium last week and Zinedine Zidane’s men will be hoping to use home advantage in the second-leg to set up a Madrid derby in the final in Milan on May 28.
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