Simeone: We have to keep out head in the second leg

After Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid played out a fiery derby clash in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night, manager Diego Simeone wants his players to keep their behaviour in check for the second, as Real are likely to engage in gamesmanship tactics at the Santiago Bernabeu, reports BBC Sport.

Both Madrid sides were guilty of turning the game into a scrappy second-half, with fouls and altercations being more common than clear-cut chances. The result suits both teams for different reasons, and they both appeared resigned to taking a draw midway through the second-half. Atletico did not want to concede an away goal, while Real Madrid will back themselves to win on home soil in the second leg.

With Real Madrid being on top considerably in the first-half of the first leg, Atletico manager Diego Simeone was happy with how his side responded by completely killing Real’s threat after the break.

“We have a very intelligent group of players who knew how to react to the way things went in the first half,” he said.

But he wants his players to be clever about their approach in the second leg. He feels Real would be happy for the game to turn ugly in front of their own fans to try and get under the skin of the Atleti players.

“They (Real) are playing the second leg in front of their own fans and they will make a huge effort so we have to try and keep our heads.”

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