Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is adamant that their early Champions League exit is “not a disaster”.

Atletico, finalists in 2014 and 2016 and consistently one of Europe’s heavyweights under Simeone’s stewardship, were eliminated after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea sealed their fate and slipped into the Europa League.

The boss says: “It’s not good to be out of the Champions League but... it’s not a disaster. It’s a situation that can happen.”

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