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Post-match quotes: Atlético Madrid 2-1 Napoli, Audi Cup 2017

Cholo praised Jan Oblak after man of the match performance and discussed his team’s options up front.

Audi Cup 2017 Press Conference Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images For AUDI

Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone was left with mixed emotions following his team’s comeback victory over Napoli in the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday evening.

While Atlético secured the victory with two second-half goals from forwards Fernando Torres and the much-maligned Luciano Vietto, Simeone was quick to point out the inability to create chances up front in his post-match press conference.

“There weren’t many chances,” Simeone said. “We were pushed back at the beginning, even though Reina made two saves in the first half.

“We are lacking something up front, we have to improve our precision in front of goal,” the Argentine added. “Although the strikers performed well for the goals.”

One of the major talking points of the game was the sending off of centre-back and captain Diego Godín following two rash challenges towards the end of the contest. Cholo was in agreement with the referee’s decision but added that the Uruguayan had not intended to injure Adam Ounas.

“Godín’s sending off was fair,” he said. “It was not nasty on his part, he just arrived late and would never attempt to hurt an opponent.”

Cholo was full of praise for goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who was awarded with the man of the match award following a solid shot-stopping display in the Audi Cup semi-final.

“Oblak is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Of course he still has room to grow, nobody has hit their peak until age says so.”

The Slovene said the team had performed well, but expressed frustration at the inability to keep a clean sheet ahead of tomorrow’s final against Liverpool.

“We played a good game and we have to continue working hard,” he said. “We won and I’m happy about that, but it’s also true that I let in a goal and this makes me a little less happy.”