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Atletico Madrid coach Simeone pleased with Euro win, Werner debut

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was pleased with their 3-0 win over Europa League opponents Lokomotiv Moscow.

Simeone praised goalkeeper Axel Werner who was handed his debut in place of first choice Jan Oblak but in the end had little to do against the Russians.

Simeone said, "He's young, he transmitted confidence and calm. We have faith in him, we took a chance on him by bringing him in last summer and hopefully he will respond in the best possible way.

"The present is looking good for him and the future looks even better. Things don't happen by chance. He travelled to Levante by train to watch the game even though he wasn't in the list. He also went down to Seville with a friend to see the team. These are the small details which bring about these kinds of opportunities. Nothing happens just by chance. He trains hard, he works well and he will have his moments just like all of the other younger players - we have a lot of faith in what they can give us."

Saul Niguez, Diego Costa and Koke scored the goals for Atletico.

Simeone continued: "We were the better team throughout the whole 90 minutes; in the first half we didn't do so well repsonding to their counter attacks. But in the second half we did much better and we had more velocity to our game which is what helped us to get the result we got."

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