Diego Simeone has reached his fourth European final as Atletico Madrid manager.
The temperamental Argentinian was sent to the stands by the referee in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final tie between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid at the Emirates, soon after his own player Sime Vrsaljko got his marching orders.
As a result, Simeone was confined to a balcony for tonight’s return leg at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
The 48-year-old was as animated as ever throughout, living every moment of the game.
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His side’s defensive nous at home paid off tonight, with Diego Costa’s goal in added time of the first half enough to see Atletico progress to the final by a 2-1 aggregate score, condemning Arsene Wenger to defeat in what is his final European game as Gunners boss.
While Simeone will likely commiserate with the Frenchman when they catch up, was the happiest man in the stadium with the result.
As for their opponents in the final, Red Bull Salzburg and Marseille are currently locked at 2-2 on aggregate in extra time of their second leg, with penalties fast approaching.