Saul: Atletico don't deserve second heartbreak

Diego Simeone’s men suffered a second Champions League final in three years to their city rivals and the midfielder has admitted it was painful to lose on penalties

Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul says his side did not deserve to suffer more heartbreak after they lost another Champions League final to Real Madrid on Saturday.

Two years on from Atletico’s extra-time loss to Madrid in Lisbon, Diego Simeone’s men came unstuck again against their Spanish city rivals, this time losing 5-3 on penalties in Milan.

After scores was deadlocked 1-1 at the end of extra time as Yannick Carrasco cancelled out Sergio Ramos’ first-half opener, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out following Juanfran’s missed spot-kick.

Speaking afterwards, Saul – who saw team-mate Antoine Griezmann’s penalty rattle the crossbar four minutes into the second half – said: “It is very painful.

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“This dressing room does not deserve this to happen twice. It was a very intense game, we were all dead out there.”

Atletico, who upstaged defending champions Barcelona and Bayern Munich en route to the showpiece at San Siro, have now lost three Champions League finals in their bid for a maiden crown.

But the 21-year-old Spain international – set to feature at Euro 2016 in France – said Atletico will bounce back in 2016-17.

“Next season, we are ready for the Champions League, the league and everything but our ambitions are always on a game-by-game basis,” he added.

“[We will] fight for the Champions League until we get it.”

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