May 19, 2022

Simeone explains why he shook Ancelotti’s hand

May 10, 2022
Diego Simeone with Carlo Ancelotti

Diego Simeone has opened up on why he warmly greeted Carlo Ancelotti during Sunday’s Madrid derby – despite refusing to shake hands with Jurgen Klopp earlier this season.

Simeone led Atletico Madrid to a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano with Yannick Carrasco scoring the winner from the penalty spot late in the first half. The occasion was Los Blancos’ first domestic fixture since they won La Liga with a 4-0 thrashing of Espanyol the previous weekend.

Ancelotti has now lifted the league titles of the top five divisions in Europe having also triumphed in England, France, Italy and Germany. Following the derby at the weekend, the highly-acclaimed veteran received an embrace and a handshake from opposite number Simeone.

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The heart-warming scene was in stark contrast to the one which followed Atletico’s 3-2 defeat by Liverpool in the Champions League group stage earlier this season. After an ill-tempered affair in Spain, Simeone found no time to shake Klopp’s hand and instead ran down the tunnel.

While it is not unusual for the Argentine to do so, the Liverpool manager branded his behaviour “not cool” and there was no handshake between the pair when they met again later in the group stage, this time at Anfield. “I’ve already explained myself after the first match,” Simeone told reporters ahead of his side’s 2-0 loss on Merseyside.

“I don’t like the handshake greetings after the match as they are the emotions of two different sides in different emotional minds. So I don’t like that greeting after the match.

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