Diego Simeone grabs balls in celebration as Atletico Madrid beat Juventus


"It means we have balls, a lot of balls".

Defensive duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin were the unlikely goalscorers for Atletico at Wanda Metropolitano. "To put in Costa and Koke after so long out, you must have balls and I have them".

"Costa was not ready for 90 minutes", he said.

"And they came through, both of them. Morata even after VAR did not favour him again".

The meeting of two European juggernauts, who have reached four of the last five Champions League finals between them without lifting the trophy, was as bruising and tight a match as could be expected between sides renowned for their intimidating defences.

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The second leg is scheduled to be played on March 12. "But this doesn't take away the great game we've played".

Alvaro Morata almost broke the deadlock in the second half, but his goal was disallowed after a review by VAR.

Juve created several clear-cut chances themselves and were twice denied by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who produced brilliant saves to keep out Cristiano Ronaldo's early drive and Federico Bernardeschi's late effort. "For sure we will have to suffer against a great opponent, with great players". "We got important players back like Koke and Costa, we were able to play an intelligent game against a huge team with very strong players". We'll need a ideal game to get through.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose side went close to overhauling a bigger first-leg deficit against eventual champions Real Madrid last season, also insisted the tie was far from over.

"Atleti came out much more aggressively with set-pieces and caught us by surprise", he said. "We knew it would be tough - that Atletico force you to play badly, to play slowly, they have been playing this way for eight years". We are happy with the result but nothing is decided yet.