Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insists he would have done exactly the same thing as Federico Valverde after the Real Madrid midfielder’s match-saving professional foul in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
Valverde was shown a straight red card in the 115th minute of the final after deliberately tripping Morata when the Atletico striker was clean through to score a winner.
Real went on to win 4-1 in a penalty shootout.
“I think the award for the best player makes perfect sense because Valverde won the game with that action,” said Simeone at his post-match press conference.
“It was the most important play of the game. If the play continued, it was possibly a goal. I told him not to worry, that he did what he had to do. We will see how many days they give him,” Simeone continued.
When Valverde left the pitch he was jeered by the crowd but got support from both his own manager, Zinedine Zidane, and Simeone as he walked past the dugout.
By Ofhani Munyai