Champions League: Atletico coach Diego Simeone wants to refuse to shake hands with Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp again

Diego Simeone also wants to refuse Jürgen Klopp’s handshake in the Champions League second leg between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool (from 9pm LIVE-TICKER).

“I don’t like shaking hands after the match because emotions from two sides in different emotional worlds collide,” Simeone said in the run-up to the match.

Simeone vs. the handshake: ‘I don’t like to pretend’

He himself does not interpret this gesture as a sign of mutual respect. Simeone said: “I know it’s a tradition in England, but I don’t share it and I don’t like the falsehood it might contain. I don’t like pretending.”

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp quietly took the announcement. “If I had known he didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have approached him at all,” Klopp said. “I expect us to shake hands before the match.” For the Liverpool team manager, this is “not a problem”.

Diego Simeone Jurgen Klopp

In the first leg, Simeone waived the mandatory post-match handshake. The Atletico coach at the time said: “I never shake hands after the game, I don’t like it. It’s unhealthy – for the winner and the loser.”

Especially for Madridistas, the second leg against PL club is the setting of the trend. In case of defeat, there is a risk of early exit from the CL group stage. On the other hand, Liverpool are top in Group B with three wins after three matches, and in the first leg two weeks ago, the Reds won the duel 3-2.

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