Diego Simeone turns attention back to domestic matters


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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has swiftly turned his attention back to domestic matters despite seeing his side book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Atleti recorded a 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg of their Last 16 tie, a result that saw them progress through to quarter-finals 4-2 on aggregate.

It is the fourth successive season that Los Rojiblancos have made it through to the last eight and they could be handed a mouth-watering tie during Friday’s draw, as the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all still in the competition.

Simeone is refusing to worry about who his side could face in the quarter-finals, as he is far more concerned about this weekend’s La Liga clash with Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon.

“We are thinking only about [the weekend’s match against] Sevilla,” Simeone said post-match.

“Atletico don’t have any influence [on the draw] so what will be will be.”

The Argentine did reveal his delight that his side has made it through to the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition once again, although he admits there is still a long way to go if they are to claim their first ever triumph in the tournament.

“This is an important step, but it is only one step,” the 46-year-old added.

“The Champions League is always special and this is important for the club.”

Atleti have reached the Champions League final in two of the last three years and they are priced at 9.00 to claim their maiden triumph this term.

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