Simeone defends Chelsea approach: Football needs variety

The Atletico Madrid boss watched his side be shut down by Jose Mourinho's Blues in the first leg of their Champions League clash but appreciates the need for different styles
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has defended Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho over the Portuguese's supposedly 'anti-football' tactics.

Mourinho was accused of "parking two buses" by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Sunday as Chelsea came away from Anfield with a 2-0 victory to blow the Premier League title race wide open.

The former Real Madrid coach also attracted criticism for a defensive display as Chelsea drew 0-0 with Atletico in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Estadio Vicente Calderon but Simeone believes that a variety of styles is good for the game.

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"If we played all the same, it would be boring," the Argentine told the press. "For that reason football is beautiful. You can win with 10 players at the back, with 10 forward and with 10 in the middle plus the keeper.

"I am very respectful of football in general. There are different ways to win a game. Everyone chooses the most appropriate for the team you have.

"Defending is not easy and, when a team is doing very well, you have to congratulate them. Attacking, as well, you have to be congratulated if it is done right."

Victory for Atletico in Wednesday's second leg would mean a first final appearance in Europe's premier competition since 1974 and Simeone says that his charges will give their all to book a place in Lisbon.

"It is normal before an important match that the confidence of the players must appear," he added. "The boys, as you see, are very excited. They will give it their best. They will have to make a huge effort."

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