Simeone salutes Gameiro influence
Kevin Gameiro played a crucial function in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 Champions League defeat of PSV on Wednesday and Diego Simeone took notice.
Diego Simeone saluted Kevin Gameiro for breaking PSV’s resolve as Atletico Madrid won 2-0 to safe leading spot in Champions League Group D on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to Rostov in an earlier kick-off on Wednesday to provide Atletico the opportunity to clinch their progression as group winners and, even though it was by no means a vintage display, Simeone’s males ultimately prevailed.
Gameiro broke the deadlock having a clinical finish just after the break then Antoine Griezmann wrapped things up with 24 minutes to go, nevertheless it was the former Sevilla man who drew most of Simeone’s attention.
He told reporters: “Perhaps inside the second half when we looked least comfy and have been below a little of pressure, Gameiro’s break and pace helped us turn the game on its head.
“Gameiro was looking great within the first half also and had some possibilities.
“The target was a demonstration of his qualities; speed, energy, finishing. It was a great finish.
“That’s what both he and Griezmann provide. It was an essential moment each for him [Gameiro] plus the group. We have been capable to open up the game when they had been generating items difficult for us.
“After Saturday’s loss [to Genuine Madrid] we wanted to put that behind us.”