The Atletico Madrid fans created a ferocious atmosphere at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday night and Diego Simeone gave them plenty of credit as they beat Liverpool.

The Reds were returning to the scene of their Champions League final victory, but lost 1-0 on this occasion.

The Atletico Madrid fans created a hostile atmosphere at the Wanda Metropolitano

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The Atletico Madrid fans created a hostile atmosphere at the Wanda Metropolitano

Ahead of the match, the home fans gave their players a warm reception by lighting flares to form a guard of honour for the team bus as it arrived at the was met with hostility on the ground and the noise continued inside.

Saul Niguez scored a fourth minute goal to give Atletico hope going into the second leg.

Simeone paid tribute to his players’ battling performance and the noise made by the fans.

The Atletico manager said: “My side started winning when we came up the road leading to the stadium.

“We saw players who believed. We saw the beautiful side of football. The crowd and the side were a block as one.

“Winning breeds winning. The best way to feel strong is to win and that’s what we want to do. It was a very important win for the club tonight.

“In the eight years I’ve been here, I’ve not seen the crowd like that for the whole game. It was really emotional.

Diego Simeone credited the Atletico Madrid fans for helping them win against Liverpool

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Diego Simeone credited the Atletico Madrid fans for helping them win against Liverpool

“It’s not the best night ever because we didn’t win a trophy but there are nights you don’t forget.

“The best side in the world came here, and we beat them. But it’s only one game down, one to go. Liverpool had their chances. They were dangerous, they’ve got good players all over the pitch.”

Jurgen Klopp called on Liverpool fans to show the same fervour as the Atletico supporters when the second leg comes around in three weeks’ time at Anfield.

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He said: “I had no problem with the result. I saw so many happy faces from Atletico tonight, I get that because it’s a big win, but it’s not over yet. That’s the only thing I feel.

“The crowd wanted to help their team tonight. That makes it a very emotional game.

“Emotions are important. Tonight they were obviously completely on the side of Atletico but I am really looking forward to the second leg.

“We speak from time to time about the power of Anfield and the power a stadium can have, tonight you saw that.

“It’s half-time and we are 1-0 down. Why should we give up? Even better the second half will be in a different stadium, our stadium, that will be different and Atletico will feel that and that’s what we are looking forward to.”

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