Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick has criticized Atletico Madrid’s “time-wasting tactics” after his side were knocked out of the Champions League by the Spanish champions.
Renan Lodi scored Atlético’s winning goal with a 41st-minute header, winning 1–0 at Old Trafford, winning 2–1 on aggregate and guaranteeing passage to the quarter-finals.
“It was tough in the second half and the game stopped a lot,” Rangnick said.
“I can also say that there were some intriguing refereeing decisions. I’m not saying that they were decisive, but at least the referee did not pay attention to the many ways of wasting time, and it was a joke to me that in the end, he counted four minutes as lost time”.
United played the best game before conceding against the course of the game, and then pressed at half-time, but collided with the solid defense of the Spanish team.
“I think we played very well in the first half, exactly how we wanted with advanced pressure, but we didn’t manage to translate that into one or two goals,” said the German coach.
“We had some moments where we should have scored, but we didn’t. Conceiving a counterattack goal before the break didn’t make it easy for us”.
Atlético coach Diego Simeone praised his team for their commitment.
“This team jumps into the pool, whether it has water or not,” Simeone said.
“When the team works with a team like that, it excites me a lot. We played competitively and we gave the advantage to the goal, and in the second half we played a great team, and we played one of our best levels of the season.” what makes me happy”.