Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Atlético Madrid - Spanish Supercopa - 13 January 2020

Atlético Madrid - Spanish Supercopa - 13 January 2020

Diego Simeone praised Federico Valverde for his "professional foul" on Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and granted Real Madrid the Spanish Super Cup.

Atletico nearly won the overtime game, but Alvaro Morata was hacked by Federico Valverde as he ran head-to-head with five minutes left.

Madrid coach Zidane said: "At the end of the day, he did what he had to do".

"If he had gone through it was a goal but I told him that anyone would have done the same in his position".

They kept their nerve in the shootout to win the Super Cup for the 11th time and earn a 10th trophy under coach Zidane, their first since the Frenchman returned to the role last March after resigning in 2018. "I'm sure that he wants to share it with his team-mates. If you look at his touch, which I saw on the screen, I think it goes a long way from Alvaro (Morata), but Fede has done that and we've done well".

For his part, a sheepish Valverde said he was disappointed to be dismissed and expose his team-mates to a man disadvantage.

Victory in the new Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia continued a remarkable run in the final for Zidane during his two games as Madrid boss.

"We had been with good feelings for some time and now we will return with better feelings". Courtois expressed his satisfaction at the end of the match: "We are very happy, it was a very hard-fought game".

However, Ahmad who used his Twitter account wrote: "The Spanish Super Cup is ours".

"I don't know what happened".

The tournament had a new format this season, with the top two from La Liga and the Copa del Rey finalists playing in a four-team competition rather than the two winners playing each other.

"We struggled and we have to work hard now to keep on moving forward".

"We came here without some great players, like Hazard, Benzema and Bale", Perez said. We're on the path to finding ourselves again after a little dip. "We have to improve things because it is a country that has just started organising these sorts of events", he added.

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