The Argentine coach hailed the players' combative spirit after such a long season and spoke of his excitement at meeting Athletic Bilbao in the tournament's deciderAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was thrilled to see his side reach the Europa League final following the 1-0 victory against Valencia at Mestalla.
A goal from Adrian on the hour mark sealed Atletico's passage to Bucharest after the first leg at the Vicente Calderon had finished 4-2 in favour of Los Rojiblancos.
"I am happy for my players, who are making a huge effort," Simeone told reporters. "It is heroic what they are doing, playing twice a week, with a squad which is not too big and has had injuries.
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Simeone also admitted that he is looking forward to meeting Athletic Bilbao in the final, especially compatriot Marcelo Bielsa.
"Athletic are having an extraordinary campaign, reaching the final in the Europa League and in the Copa del Rey," he added.
"I would like to congratulate them. I know Marcelo and this will be a final between friends, but each will obviously want to win."
The Europa League final at the National Arena in Bucharest is scheduled for May 9.
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