Rio Ferdinand brands Diego Simeone "lunatic" in brutal analysis of Atletico boss

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is a “lunatic” whose animated behaviour on the touchline reflects the emotions of the game.

That’s the verdict of Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand, who has likened watching Simeone on the sidelines to a soap opera.

Atletico are currently going head-to-head with RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with the winner set to face Paris St-Germain in the last four of the competition next week.

And as usual, Simeone has kicked every ball for his side on the touchline, while also trying to get a Leipzig player booked by waving an imaginary yellow card at the referee.

Ferdinand believes that comes down to the Argentine’s desire to win at all costs, branding him a “fantastic manager”.

“He's a lunatic!” the former England captain said on BT Sport.

“You can watch him on his own; he's like a soap opera on his own.

“You can stand there and watch him and he will talk you through the emotions just by watching him.

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“He is such a huge competitor, a bit like when he played, but his team reflects his personality and that is the sign of a fantastic manager.”

Atletico find themselves level pegging with Leipzig in this crucial quarter-final showdown out in Portugal.

Dani Olmo fired Leipzig in front in the 50th minute, but substitute Joao Felix equalised for Atletico from the penalty spot 20 minutes later.

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One team who will be hoping Atletico crash out of the Champions League tonight is Chelsea.

Reports suggest the Blues have set their sights on a move for Los Colchoneros goalkeeper Jan Oblak, with Frank Lampard desperate to replace struggling shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

And prior to this evening’s quarter-final, Oblak revealed he will consider his future once their run in the competition comes to an end.

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  • “I’ll assess the season when the last game is over,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.

    “Hopefully we'll have three more games left to play. Then there will be time after that to talk.

    “But first, Leipzig. I'm really looking forward to it.”

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