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Atletico beats Liverpool before kickoff! (on the roundabout outside!)

Wed 19 February 2020 | 6:23

The way Atletico Madrid supporters welcomed Liverpool at at the Wanda Metropolitano impressed Atletico's manager, Diego Simone.

Diego Simeone was impressed by the way Atletico Madrid supporters welcomed the arrival of Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday and felt it was the key to their victory.

Liverpool, who came for the first leg of the Champions Leage last-16 tie, faced lines of Atletico supporters at the streets outside the stadium, lighting flares and chanting at great volumes.

Atletico had won just once in seven matches in all competitions heading into the game but Simeone's side upset the odds, scoring early through Saul Niguez and holding on for a 1-0 lead to take to Anfield.

"We started winning on the roundabout next to the stadium," Simeone told Movistar. "In eight years, I've never seen a reception like that."

He added in his press conference: "[The atmosphere] was exciting, it makes you want to play. The team responded with great effort, as they did in Valencia.

"It was not [the best night] because we didn't get a title, but there are nights you don't forget and this was one of them.

"The best team in the world comes after a lot of wins and you beat them."

Having already talked up the Wanda atmosphere prior to the match, Simone knew they needed to get a result before their next tie with Liveropool in Anfield, where they have not lost in any competition since September 2018.

Anticipating a similar mood on Merseyside, the Atletico boss expects a tricky encounter.

"We're going to play with a lot of humility, because they are accustomed to playing massive games in their stadium," he said.

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