Diego Simeone takes swipe at Pep Guardiola for 'praising him with contempt' after Atletico Madrid's brawl with Man City

DIEGO SIMEONE suggested Pep Guardiola treated him and his side with "contempt" after Manchester City dumped Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League.

Wednesday's cup tie in Spain was marred by ugly clashes between the sides but Pep's City dug in for a 0-0 to book a semi-final spot with a 1-0 aggregate win.

Atleti defender Felipe was shown a second yellow card and sent off for a dangerous late follow-through challenge on Phil Foden.

The Brazilian had also caught England star Foden with an arm that drew blood earlier in the game.

It paved the way for clashes between both sets of players at the end of a dramatic night at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

The tensions continued into the tunnel at full-time, with insults between the rival players caught on camera.

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When the dust had settled a bit, Simeone was asked in a press conference whether Pep had disrespected him and Atleti's defensiveplaying style.

El Cholo responded: "I don't have to have that sort of opinion – I don't think he will talk badly or talk well.

"Often people who talk really well, and are really clever, they manage to praise you with contempt.

"But those of us who perhaps have a smaller vocabulary are not so stupid either."

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Guardiola said he was relieved to see his side survive the stiffest of tests, and added: "I have a lot of respect for Atletico, they have a lot of merit in what they do.

"They can play how they want, I have never criticised Atletico's game and what Diego Simeone does he knows how to do like nobody else in the world."

City's reward for holding off Atleti is a last-four showdown with their derby rivals Real Madrid, who knocked out Chelsea on Tuesday.

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