Simeone: ‘Alisson was decisive’

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone praised Roma goalkeeper Alisson and noted they “deserved their point, as we were missing the goal.”

The 0-0 draw at the Stadio Olimpico opened up the Champions League, though elsewhere in the group Chelsea crushed Qarabag 6-0, including a wonder goal from Davide Zappacosta.

“You saw a team that played a well-thought-out game, believing in what it was doing. We tried to pressure them in midfield, had two or three good chances in the first half, then as Roma got tired, we tried to step up the pace,” Simeone told Mediaset Premium.

“Unfortunately, we were missing a goal, but I appreciated the philosophy and the performance.

“We have to compliment the goalkeeper, as Alisson did a great job. The shots were on target, aside from Saul hitting the woodwork, as otherwise he had saves on Koke, two or three on Saul – he had a wonderful performance.

“The most important thing in football is not aesthetics, but goals, and we lacked a goal, so Roma deserved their point. I hope this point can be valuable for the future so we continue in the Champions League.”