Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone admits Chelsea deserve to be in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Atletico we’re bolted out of the second-leg of their round 16 tie on Wednesday night 2-0.
Simeone said, “They deserved to win over the two legs. The first leg was even, but they got their goal. Today they were better than us and deserved to win. We tried to find a way to score, but we weren’t at it up top despite our effort.
“We tried to play with four up top in the first period and press them when they were playing out at the back. We couldn’t rob the ball high up like we wanted to. We looked to change our system, tried to press them, but they were able to get through it, they were just better than us. You can’t say more than that. We need to improve.
“It’s easy to have regrets after the tie is over. You can’t have regrets, the game has gone now. We need to use it to learn. We wanted to stay in the Champions League but we didn’t play that well in this year’s tournament, but I’m very happy especially with how João Félix played today.”