Rio Ferdinand slammed Atletico Madrid’s “offensive way of behaving” during their Champions League meeting with Manchester City on Wednesday night.
While Diego Simeone’s side made various possibilities in the second-leg after an enormously cautious performance in the main leg, the Spanish heroes demonstrated unfit to score as Pep Guardiola’s endured to the semi-finals.
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As the tension sloped up towards the finish of the game, Atletico opted a few rather intense strategies, with defender Felipe sent off briefly bookable offense after an early foul on Phil Foden.
Similar as in the first-leg, Jack Grealish apparently turned into a target and the £100m man was entangled in a contention with former City safeguard Stefan Savic after a showdown on the touchline.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “Distasteful behaviour from the Atletico players, they should be embarrassed with some of the antics they have gone on with – you have to say, talking about football, well done to Atletico Madrid as they made Manchester City play in a way we haven’t seen for a long time, took them out of their rhythm and their stride.
“But some of the stuff towards the end was not what you want to see on a football pitch.”