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Simeone proud to lead Atletico Madrid into Champions League knockouts

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is happy to have reached the Champions League knockout phase.

The Colchoneros secured the 0-0 in Turin to win Group A, going through with Juventus in second place.

"We played the game we needed to play in order to finish top. It was a very tight first half with two important scoring opportunities and Juve created a few dangers down the right," Cholo told Sky Sport Italia.

"After the break we did what we had to do: clammed up and waiting for them to take the initiative. We expected it to be tough, as Juve are a strong side with many champions and can certainly go forward.

"Juventus are an excellent side with Marchisio out and some lads on the bench who are very talented. I can assure everyone it won't be good to pick Juventus in the draw.

"We are happy, as for the second year running we topped our group and for Atletico Madrid that means a lot in the Champions League. We calmly await what destiny brings us in the next phase."

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