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Diego Simeone hints that he will snub Jurgen Klopp’s post-match handshake AGAIN

Diego Simeone hints that he will decline a handshake with Jurgen Klopp AGAIN as he admits he does not like the ‘fake’ gesture ahead of Atlético de Madrid’s trip to Liverpool for the Champions League.

  • Diego Simeone and Jurgen Klopp were caught up in a heated moment recently
  • Two weeks ago the Atlético de Madrid coach refused to shake Klopp’s hand
  • Atlético had been denied a late penalty and Liverpool took the 3-2 victory
  • Simeone broached the subject before the Anfield game and said it feels ‘fake’


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Atletico Madrid’s passionate coach Diego Simeone has hinted that he will once again reject Jurgen Klopp’s handshake when the two sides meet on Wednesday night.

Simeone recently risked Klopp’s ire after bursting through the tunnel following a 3-2 loss to Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano two weeks ago.

The Argentine had been furious over a late decision to deny his ten-man team a penalty, ensuring that Klopp’s side could see a marginal victory over the line.

Diego Simeone has addressed the issue of his recent snub to his partner Jurgen Klopp

Diego Simeone has addressed the issue of his recent snub to his partner Jurgen Klopp

The Reds boss could only watch as his opposite number hurtled down the tunnel at the final whistle without any acknowledgment.

Klopp was initially upset but then downplayed any lasting tension and now before the teams meet again for Anfield’s group stage match, Simeone has broached the awkward subject and admitted that he finds all kinds of post-match exchanges. . simply ‘false’.

Simeone says post-match handshakes feel 'fake' but was quick to praise Klopp

Simeone says post-match handshakes feel 'fake' but was quick to praise Klopp

Simeone says post-match handshakes feel ‘fake’ but was quick to praise Klopp

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Simeone said: ‘I don’t like the post-match greeting because it is the emotions of two sides in different emotional minds.

“I know that in the UK it is a custom, but I do not share it and I do not like the falsehood that it can include.

“I don’t know Klopp very well as a person, but I know he is a great coach who has done a great job in all the clubs he has been to.”

When also asked about the same issue at his own press conference, Liverpool manager Klopp took a diplomatic stance.

The Argentine was enraged at Liverpool in Madrid after a late penalty was ruled out

The Argentine was enraged at Liverpool in Madrid after a late penalty was ruled out

The Argentine was enraged at Liverpool in Madrid after a late penalty was ruled out

The German said: ‘I respect him very much. We don’t know each other, but I respect what he’s doing at Atlético, absolutely exceptional against strong teams year after year. Really impressive.

‘Disdain for the handshake? If I knew it doesn’t, I wouldn’t try.

We were both excited, but now I know he doesn’t like to do it, so no problem.

“Then we can all go home happy, but between the handshakes, it is an important match, which worries me the most.”

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