PSV head coach Phillip Cocu was satisfied with his side’s 0-0 draw against Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg. “0-0 is a good result in a European game. Keeping a clean sheet at home lays a good foundation for the return leg”, said Cocu at the post-match conference.
'Pleased with the way the players coped with Pereiro’s sending-off '
Cocu: “I’m very satisfied with the result. I said before that if you can keep a clean sheet at home, you lay a good foundation for the return leg. We have something to fight for in Madrid. If we can score a goal, we have a chance to reach the last eight. We’re going to give everything to do that.” Gastón Pereiro’s dismissal was the turning point of the game. Cocu thought that the second yellow card was a bit harsh. “I don’t think it was a yellow card. His opponent was very clever and it’s a lesson for us.” PSV were never in trouble and Cocu lavished praises on his PSV players for their hard work and persistence. “I’m really pleased with the way the players coped with Gastón’s sending-off.”
Simeone: ‘A draw in the return leg will take PSV through’
Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone was not happy with the result but felt satisfied with his team’s performance. “It’s a pity we could not score a crucial away goal tonight”, said the Argentine. “Vietto and Griezmann had great chances in the first half and Torres had one after the break. At the other end, Oblak pulled off a fine save to keep a clean sheet. With PSV reduced to ten men, I was convinced we would score a goal but it was not to be. Yet I’m happy with our performance. The players have been working very hard.” Simeone realised that a draw in the return leg in Madrid could take PSV through to the final eight. “PSV have a good team and have the advantage that an away goal counts double. They can hurt us on the counter attack but the fans in our stadium will be vociferous and loyal in their support. I have a good feeling about the return match”, concluded Diego Simeone.