Simeone: Nothing is impossible for Atletico Madrid

Not for the first time, Atletico Madrid were on the end of a Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass, as they went down to a 3-0 loss at the Bernabeu in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Their search for forwards has been ramped up dramatically, and Real Madrid star Morata is one of the players being considered as an alternative in the No.9 role to the Swede, who's bagged 28 goals in 2016-17, as a result of his major surgery.

Gianluigi Buffon says Juventus lost a "great talent", while he lost a team-mate he has "great affection for" when Alvaro Morata left to join Real Madrid. "Speculation, news is not important for me".

Mateo Kovacic celebrates after scoring Real's 1st during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol at the Bernabeu on January 29, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.

"Juanfran? He's feeling better, he's recovered very well, but I'm not going to call him up", explained the Coach.

The Argentine suggested that no matter how the season ended he was proud of his players. To keep competing with all the difficulties we have had, the players missing, for me is enormous.

"We have had a fantastic season", he said.

"Things wouldn't change much if we drop points in the games we need to win".

The Spain worldwide has also been linked with Chelsea and, asked about the gossip at a news conference ahead of his team's Liga match against Eibar on Saturday, Simeone offered an unequivocal response. Of course our six have been extraordinary, the best in the history of the club.

"It is clear that [it is not easy] to approach [the level of] these monsters, but the only way to get to be in that place is to continue maintaining this work that we have been doing for eight years".

  • Julie Sanders