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The Argentine, whose Atletico side failed to score against a defensively-minded Blues team, stressed football would be boring if everyone played the same way

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has defended Jose Mourinho from accusations that Chelsea have been simply 'parking the bus' in recent games and insists that a variety of styles is what makes football great.

The Blues left 10 men behind the ball for much of the Champions League semi-final first leg at the Vicente Calderon and came away with a 0-0, then employed similar tactics at Premier League title rivals Liverpool at the weekend en route to a 2-0 win.

The system has seen Mourinho come under fire for a perceived lack of attacking intent, but Simeone insisted that such focus on defence is difficult and believes it would be dull if every club played in the same fashion.

"I'm a football man and I respect different ways of setting up a team for a match," the Argentine told reporters. "It always depends on what you believe is the best way for a specific game or a specific opponent.

"I know that to defend well is not easy, so I congratulate teams who do that well. At the same time, to attack well isn't easy, either. So you have to congratulate coaches who get their sides doing that.

"Football evolves, it changes all the time. There is no 'best way' of playing, nobody can give you the 'truth' about football.

"It also depends on the manager spending a lot of time with his players, talking different set-ups and tactics, different approaches and styles. But, in the end, it's important the team, the club, the institution wins, regardless of how it is achieved.

"There is no 'one way' to play football. If we all played the same way, it would be very boring. You can play 10 at the back or 10 up front. What matters is the result."

The winner of the clash at Stamford Bridge between Atletico and Chelsea will face either Bayern Munich or Real Madrid in the Champions League final.