Diego Simeone copied every detail of Manchester United’s win for Manchester City trip

Atlético Madrid director Diego Simeone superstition embodied by doing the exact same routine for two trips to Manchester in a matter of weeks.

Renan Lodi scored the game’s only goal as Atleti evoked a defensive masterclass.

Simeone is known for his specific and much maligned style of play and very rarely changes too much in his approach.

But he took that to extreme and meticulous levels ahead of the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, where Atleti were back in Manchester to face Premier League champions City.

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According to the Spanish outlet The Chiringuito, Simeone did absolutely everything in his preparation.

Both flights to Manchester left Madrid at 11.30am and Atleti traveled on the same bus and stayed in the same hotel as last time.

The press conference was scheduled for the same time, as was training, and once again midfielder Marcos Llorente did the media homework.

However, the main difference between the two matches against big guns Manchester was the result.

Atleti, playing more or less a 5-5-0 formation, frustrated City for big spells but were undone in the 70th minute when Kevin De Bruyne beat Jan Oblak after a fine run and pass from Phil Foden.

Los Rojiblancos haven’t even managed a shot on target in 90 minutes and need to turn things around in the second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Reflecting on the narrow defeat, Simeone said: “It was a tough game, very tough, against an amazing team, they may be the best team in the world, but we compete with humility.

“We wanted a close game and come out on the counterattack. In the first half we couldn’t come out, even though they didn’t have a shot on goal. In the second half we were more dangerous, they have found a purpose.”

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