What Simeone told Valverde revealed


Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has revealed what he told Real Madrid star Federico Valverde after his red card for a cynical foul cost his side a potential winning-goal in the Super Cup final.

Valverde received his marching orders deep into second-half extra time after hacking down Alvaro Morata as he looked to race clean through on goal.

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Simeone notably looked irritated by the incident on the sideline and had a word with the Uruguay international as he walked off the pitch.

Real Madrid won the resulting penalty shoot-out, while Valverde still managed to win the Man of the Match award, which the Atleti boss noted in his post-match press conference.

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"It was the most important play," Simeone was quoted as saying by Marca. "I told him that anyone would have done the same in your place.

"I think the prize for the best player makes perfect sense in the world because Valverde won the match in that action."

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Valverde certainly appreciated Simeone's response and told reporters: "I will always cherish the words that Simeone said to me today. I'm happy for the win but not for the kick I gave to another player.

"I wish I could've pulled his shirt instead. My teammates congratulated me for my sacrifice for the team not for kicking someone."