Tuesday’s game between Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid was one of the most dramatic Champions League matches this season.
There were two missed penalties, a brilliant counter-attacking goal and a nail-biting finish.
And that was on the field. Off it, Diego Simeone provided his own entertainment show.
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The Atletico Madrid boss caused a meltdown on social media when he slapped his delegate in injury time.
At one point, the human highlight reel nearly came to blows with Bayern Munich’s backroom staff. Pep Guardiola and his men were saved not by an imposing security guard but by Bayern winger Franck Ribery.
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The 2-2 aggregate win, secured by Antoine Griezmann’s away goal, means Simeone has guided his team to two Champions League finals in three years.
It’s a remarkable achievement for a team that has had to deal with losing its biggest stars over the years.
Atleti have now knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the European competition and Simeone is aware of how marvellous a feat that is.
“This Champions League has been spectacular and very difficult," said the coach, per FourFourTwo.
“We have overcome two of the three best [teams] in the world, going through difficulties and suffering.”
Atleti will meet the either Real Madrid or Manchester City in the final, and it will go down as one of the most memorable runs in football if Simeone overcomes Zinedine Zidane’s side at the San Siro.
He watched his team defend for their lives in the second half as Bayern mounted waves of attacks.
“In the first half we saw a tremendous Bayern, with pressure, speed and intensity” Simeone continued. “We were up against the best team I have faced in my career.
“Their first half was fantastic, with us providing a minimal response to the situations they created.
“In the second half it was no longer the same match, it was more even. We countered well, scored a goal and were closer to capitalising on our advantage from the [Vicente] Calderon.”