Atletico Madrid‘s intense 2-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night produced some controversial celebrations and gestures from players and coaches.
Enrique Cerezo, president of Atletico Madrid, has defended Diego Simeone but criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for his dig at the Rojiblancos.
The former Real Madrid forward walked through the mixed zone after the game holding up five fingers to indicate his five Champions League wins, while pointing out Atleti haven’t won the competition at all.
“For me, he hasn’t won five Champions Leagues, but three,” Cerezo said. “The two against Atletico he didn’t win himself.”
After Jose Maria Gimenez‘s opener, Simeone was seen celebrating widely in the home dugout and using some vulgar hand gestures.
“It was a moment of high tension,” Cerezo told Radio CRC afterwards. “I understand it and I don’t condone it.”
“I feel the need to state that Cholismo is everything for Atletico Madrid.”
The Atletico president also showed his disdain at the use of VAR in the match and in general.
“The way it is used depends on the team,” he said. “I’ve said it for a long time: I don’t like it. I will keep saying it.
“Atletico have a dream and an enthusiasm of getting to the Champions League final, although the journey is very long. It will work hard to achieve this goal.”
The final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano in June.