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Diego Simeone Praises 'Beautiful' Borussia Dortmund After Atletico Hammering

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2018

DORTMUND, GERMANY - OCTOBER 24: Raphael Guerreiro of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team`s second goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Borussia Dortmund and Club Atletico de Madrid at Signal Iduna Park on October 24, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was full of praise for Borussia Dortmund after he watched his team demolished 4-0 by the German outfit in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Dortmund have enjoyed a remarkable start to the season and sit top of the Bundesliga. However, the zenith of their campaign so far came against the Spanish outfit on Wednesday, as they tore apart one of the strongest defences in football.

Afterward, Simeone said he expected better from his team but was also quick to laud Dortmund's work, per Football Espana:

"Congratulations to our opponents for their strength, counter-attacks and ability to take advantage of our losses. We managed the game at first, but then they scored an own goal. We started the second half as the better team, but then they scored their second goal. ...

"Hopefully they keep playing like this because it's so beautiful to watch. We can comment on the final outcome of the game, but the result is so heavy that it doesn't make sense to explain anything."

DORTMUND, GERMANY - OCTOBER 24:  Diego Simeone manager of Atletico de Madrid looks during the Group A match of the UEFA Champions League between Borussia Dortmund and Club Atletico de Madrid at Signal Iduna Park on October 24, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany.
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It's not the type of result you would associate with Atletico; under Simeone, they have been robust and aggressive. Here they made uncharacteristic mistakes and seemed to lose belief when the German outfit took the lead.

Since the 48-year-old took over in 2011, the Madrid side have never been on the end of this type of hiding:

OptaJose @OptaJose

4 - Atletico de Madrid have suffered their biggest defeat with Diego Simeone as manager in all competitions (4-0 vs Borussia Dortmund). Shock. https://t.co/6tshWybRrF

FCB Media's Cristian Nyari commented on how rare it is to see a team of Atletico's calibre given this type of football lesson:

Cristian Nyari @Cnyari

I have never seen a team dominate Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid as Dortmund did today. Wow.

Rightly, the focus in the aftermath of the game has been on Dortmund, who appear to have their swagger back under manager Lucien Favre. Since Jurgen Klopp departed in 2015, the club has lacked identity.

What made the result more impressive was the fact that their top goalscorer this season, Paco Alcacer, missed this game. Axel Witsel, Jadon Sancho and two goals from Raphael Guerreiro were enough to do the damage on the night.

Arguably the star performer was Achraf Hakimi—on loan from Real Madrid—who was a creative menace from the left-back berth:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Two players have recorded a hat-trick of assists in the Champions League this season: Jordi Alba 🅰️🅰️🅰️ vs. Tottenham Achraf Hakimi 🅰️🅰️🅰️ vs. Atletico Madrid Play left-back, provide goals. ⚽️ https://t.co/gjj5YnrFEi

Adam Jones of the Liverpool Echo feels as though Dortmund may be capable of something special this season:

Adam Jones @Adam_Jones94

4-0 now, dark horses for this season's Champions League? Not sure anyone will want to face them in the knockouts on this form

There are big hopes for this Dortmund team. While it's early days in 2018/19, it appears champions Bayern Munich are vulnerable in the Bundesliga, and in the Champions League, Wednesday's result was a major statement.

As a young side, there will most likely be moments when their form does fluctuate. However, BVB are one of the most enjoyable teams to watch on the continent this term.   

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