Champions League: Diego Simeone delighted with win at Chelsea
Last Updated: 01/05/14 6:25am
Diego Simeone: Celebrates with Diego Costa
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone hails the effort of his side after they came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-1 and claim a place in the Champions League final.
It the first time Atletico have reached the final in the Champions League era, and 40-years since they last made it this far in Europe.
Fernando Torres had put Chelsea ahead on 36-minutes, but Adrian Lopez hauled Atletico back into the tie with his goal on the stroke of half-time.
Diego Costa's penalty on the hour put Atletico into the driving seat before Arda Turan's late goal booked their place in Lisbon on May 24, when they will take on their city rivals Real Madrid - the first time ever two teams from the same city have met in the final.
A former Atletico player himself, Simeone was delighted with his side's efforts at Stamford Bridge.
"We did everything within our power to get through to the final and we deserve to be there, as do Real Madrid," said Simeone.
"Fernando Torres got the opener but we knew that one of our goals would count for double and so we had to fight to score it. We had to work so hard in order to find ourselves playing the type of game that suited us, which came from the second goal onwards.
"Tonight was the result of a big collective effort. We generated that possibility of us reaching a beautiful final.
"It was a smashing game in the first half, tactically speaking, until the first goal opened it up. They had the first chance but we managed to equalise relatively soon afterwards."