Atleti chief hits out at Pep’s ‘prehistory soccer’

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has hit out at Pep Guardiola and labelled his techniques as “prehistory soccer” following the Champions League quarterfinal tie in opposition to Manchester Metropolis.

The Premier League leaders battled to a 0-0 draw on the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday to arrange a semifinal conflict with Actual Madrid.

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Atletico gamers appeared annoyed by what they felt have been makes an attempt by Metropolis to run down the clock as they protected a 1-0 first-leg lead and the membership’s president criticised Guardiola for his gameplan.

“We’re a workforce that has numerous standing so somebody can offend us, however ultimately it has been proven that everybody has their prehistory,” Cerezo informed Radio Marca.

“We performed a very good sport, attacking, and Metropolis yesterday performed prehistory, defending and put a wall in entrance of their objective so we wouldn’t rating.

“Everyone has seen it. Metropolis was a totally defensive workforce. Within the second half they shot on objective as soon as. Yesterday it was proven that every one has their prehistory.

“It was a match that, expectantly, would have taken us to the semifinals. We weren’t fortunate sufficient to attain a objective and attain extra-time.”

Following the ill-tempered match, police have been compelled to intervene after each units of gamers clashed within the tunnel.

Tensions boiled over within the stoppage-time when Atletico defender Felipe was despatched off for a problem on Phil Foden, sparking a touchline brawl which continued within the tunnel after the full-time whistle.

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TV photos confirmed Stefan Savic making an attempt to confront Jack Grealish, having earlier been pictured pulling the Metropolis participant’s hair within the melee after Felipe’s purple card. Substitute Sime Vrsaljko needed to be restrained by Atletico teaching employees, and Kyle Walker was held again by goalkeeper Ederson, earlier than cops moved in to revive order.

Guardiola’s aspect return to motion on Saturday after they face Liverpool within the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley (stream LIVE at 10:30 a.m. ET on ESPN+ within the U.S.).