Diego Simeone admits Kessie red card changed the game for Atletico
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Diego Simeone admits Kessie red card changed the game for Atletico

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has admitted that the red card to AC Milan midfielder Frank Kessie changed the game in favor of his team.

Atleti had to leave it late in Milan after the hosts had taken an early lead through Rafael Leao. Kessie was sent off nine minutes after the lead with the Laliga side getting their goals from Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.

Speaking after the game, the Argentine tactician admitted that Milan were superior to them until they got the red card.

“Let's start from the beginning. Milan were superior to us, played a very fast, dynamic style of football, which we already saw them play against Liverpool. Naturally, after the red card, they started to cede some territory and we started to get into a game that we hadn't even started.

“After the break, we came out hungry, trying to break through a team that was well-organized. We really needed this victory," Simeone told Sport Mediaset.

To avoid a red card of their own, Simeone withdrew Geoffrey Kondogbia before halftime with the midfielder having been booked.

“I was already going to substitute Kondogbia. I admit when it was 11 against 11, Milan were better, that is beyond doubt. We played the second half by going for it with everything we had," he added.

The win sees Atleti move to second spot on the log on four points; two below Liverpool who ran riot against FC Porto on the same day.

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