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Atletico Madrid’s chief executive reacted brilliantly after his team drew Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich were the toughest first seeds that Atletico Madrid could have faced in the Champions League group-stage draw.

And it was Sod’s law that last season’s finalists ended up in Group D with Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

As soon as the draw was made, the camera cut to Atletico’s chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin, who pretended to point a gun to his head with his fingers. (Scroll down this page to see the video).

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Atleti’s other potential opponents group-stage were Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica, Leicester City and Juventus.

Of those, Benfica and Leicester would probably have been their favoured opponents - but they must now play Bayern home and away, as well as PSV Eindhoven and Rostov.

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Video: Gil Marin's reaction

Atletico can challenge again this season

But Diego Simeone’s side will still be expected to reach the knockout stages without too much trouble, especially after strengthening over the summer.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga

As well as signing the likes of Kevin Gameiro and Nicolas Gaitan over the past couple of months, Atleti have also held onto their key players including Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez.

Holding on to Simeone was huge

More importantly, Atleti managed to hold onto their inspirational coach.

Simeone considered leaving the Vicente Calderon after May’s gut-wrenching Champions League final defeat to local rivals Real Madrid - the second time in two years his team had been beaten at the line by Los Blancos - but was convinced to stay following crisis talks with the club’s hierarchy.

The Argentine had said he’d consider his options after the penalty shoot-out defeat at the San Siro, but then told reporters at the end of the following month: "I spoke in the heat of the moment.

”We Argentinians are like that. Others are not at fault for beating you, I learned that a long time ago.

"To remember the pain and the suffering is necessary to better yourself."

Club Atletico de Madrid v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga

He added: "I don't believe there are many teams better than us," he said. "We have created a strong group. To be better than Atletico is very difficult because we play as a team.

“Only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are better than Atletico, no one else. We are constantly anxious to improve."

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