Atletico were widely criticised for their negative tactics, after lining up in at points in a 5-5-0 formation, and their gamesmanship as they pestered the referee and targeted City's Jack Grealish with numerous fouls.
Saunders blasted: "If you want to spoil a game of football, just play like Atletico Madrid. They're actually trying to spoil the game. They sit back and wait. It's called parasite football – they live off your mistakes.
"They shut the doors all over the pitch and just try to intercept a pass. If you sit back against Man City and invite them to pass it round you, eventually they will score a goal.
"Then you can't get one back. It's terrible to watch, terrible to play in, nobody's going to enjoy it. If you watch Man City vs Liverpool, it's going to be entertaining. I've played like that myself, as long as you get a result – I'm not having a go at Simeone.
"But the way he's setting up, it's spoiling the game to watch, spoiling it to play in, condensing the space, showing no ambition to score. When you're watching the game, you fall asleep."
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