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Why is Diego Simeone thankful to Atletico Madrid players’ mothers?

The Argentine hails his players’ response against Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Usually when a team wins a big match, the manager thanks his players, sometimes singles out a specific individual. But he doesn’t thank the players’ mothers, and certainly not for giving birth to men with big balls.

Unless he is a certain Diego Simeone.

The 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday will go down in Atletico Madrid’s history as one of their greatest ever. Los Rojiblancos had endured a goalless draw at home in the first leg and had fallen 1-0 behind in London after 36 minutes.

Then came the comeback, as goals from Adrian, Diego Costa and Arda Turan saw the visitors from the Spanish capital win the contest – and the tie – 3-1. It was a marvellous performance and illustrated what the Spanish call ‘cajones’. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was probably going to make his team more defensive in the second half had they not conceded in the first period, and after the break the La Liga leaders ran them ragged.

Simeone has now hailed his players and claims that much of the credit for their win on Wednesday should go to their mothers for giving birth to men who can rise up to great occasions.

‘I want to thank the mothers of these players because they gave birth to them with balls this big’, said the Argentine, gesturing as if holding a football. ‘The reaction of the team will stick in people's memories.

‘The players took control of the pitch against a powerful team, with a lot of history in the Champions League, and that makes me very pleased. We have to be grateful for their effort because without them we could not have experienced what we are’.

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