It was always going to be interesting to see how Diego Simeone reacted to Fede Valverde’s decision to hack down an Atletico player and deny them a glorious chance to win the Super Cup.
Obviously it was a decision that enabled Real Madrid to go on and win the trophy on penalties, but you know deep down that Simeone would’ve loved it if his own player had done the same.
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He gives him a cheeky pat on the head and you can tell he appreciates what he did:
Spot when Diego Simeone gave Federico Valverde a pat on the head, you know he rates that his tackle on Morata as sublime. Only legends in football knows Valverde was genius with that tackle. #HalaMadrid #RealMadridAtletipic.twitter.com/bsD9DozfuH
— SNPR (@SmartAtuadi) January 12, 2020
? Diego Simeone: “Fede Valverde’s red card was the most important moment of the game. I told him not to worry, that anyone would’ve done the same in his position. He won the game.” pic.twitter.com/zyrzymjw2Y
— RMOnly (@ReaIMadridOnly) January 12, 2020
Valverde was actually awarded the Man of the Match award which will probably hurt even more from an Atletico point of view, but you have to admire him for taking one for his team.