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Diego Simeone’s reasons for not shaking Ralf Rangnick’s hand after Man Utd clash

Diego Simeone was understandably upset as he went straight down the tunnel after Atletico Madrid’s draw with Manchester United which led to claims he turned down Ralf Ragnick’s handshake

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Diego Simeone was incredibly frustrated as Atletico Madrid failed to take a lead to Manchester in their Champions League last 16 tie, but he didn’t let it get the better of him after claims he snubbed Ralf Rangnick’s handshake.

The reigning La Liga champions were the dominant side in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano as Joao Felix scored a brilliant diving header to give the hosts the lead, but they couldn’t make their superiority over the Red Devils count.

Atletico were unable to get that elusive second goal as they hit the woodwork twice and inevitably United snatched an equalizer as super sub Anthony Elanga scored with his first touch of the game to secure a 1-1 draw.

Simeone was understandably upset as he went straight down the tunnel which led to claims he turned down Ragnick’s handshake.






Diego Simeone pats Joao Felix on the back

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But that wasn’t the case as the Atletico boss never shakes hands with his opposite number in the dugout as he doesn’t feel it’s genuine.

“I never shake hands after a match, because I don’t like it,” he said in October.

“It isn’t healthy for either the one who wins or the one who loses. I always go without shaking hands at the end of the game.”

And Simeone then said a few weeks later: “I don’t like the handshake greetings after the match as they are the emotions of two different sides in different emotional minds.

“I know in the UK it is a custom and all about chivalry, but I don’t share it and I don’t like the falseness.”

Simeone tried to take the positives despite heading to Old Trafford next week on level terms.

The Argentine expects Man United to raise their game, but thinks it will be a good test for the Spanish giants to gauge where they’re at as a team in what’s been a disappointing attempt to retain their La Liga crown this season.

He said: “We are in the same position as before the game started, nothing changes from yesterday or today.

“We’re tied.

“We are going to play the second leg in their home, in front of their fans, they will probably play more with more verticality and drive than they did today and they will have more aggressiveness in front of their fans, which will cause them to play at a higher rhythm.






Anthony Elanga secured a draw for Ralf Rangnick’s men

“They will have a higher pace, which is what they normally show when they play in the Premier League.

“But what can be better than playing a big game at a fantastic stadium with a fantastic rival like Man United in the Champions League in order to test our level.

“We started the second half in which nothing really happened and from a really good play and a really quick transition from United, they found a way to the goal.”

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