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Atletico Madrid misses the UEFA Europa League final without coach Diego Simeone after being dismissed in the first leg in Thursday's semi-final Arsenal [1
After Antoine Griezmann's late away goal, Atletico has the Sime Vrsaljko relegated after only nine minutes in the north of London, but Simeone may not be there, even if they do.  Vrsaljko's dismissal had already angered the Argentine before another incident led him to criticize referee Clement Turpin a few minutes later, securing a single ticket for the evening.
Some may claim one from Vrsalj The warnings from Ko were undeserved or Simeone's own dismissal was unjust, but Sky Sports' La Liga expert Guillem Balague said the manager's expulsion was justified:
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By the way. Simeone sends out fairly. Vrsaljko, if you follow the rules, two yellow, no doubt. But, as Buffon has suggested, umpire decisions need to have such an impact in big games when a yellow instead of two could have been enough?
It would be foolhardy for Arsenal not to think that Atleti would be better prepared with or without her. The coach playing at the weekend for the return visit to the Wanda Metropolitano is just around the corner.
Los Rojiblancos has been tough enough this season at home anyway and has taken four home defeats in 17 games against La Liga. The goal is to sit back and relax.
Richard Jolly of BT Sport showed why we should not be surprised that Simeone left his place on Thursday. Operational situations:
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Simeone was sent off in a final (Champions League), semi-finals (Europa League) and quarter-finals (Copa del Rey). And he has an Englishman who retired in the last sixteen of the World Cup.
Diego Costa will be able to do more in the second leg against his former Premier League opponents, depending on how poorly Atletico needs a goal, but the fact remains that the current standings are in their favor.
The big positive for Simeone in the stands is that we may see more reserved celebrations about ESPN FC's Robbie Dunne:
Or Olympique Marseille or Red Bull Salzburg are expecting the finalists of this duel after the French team took the lead 2-0 at Stade Velodrome on Thursday.
Simeone won the Europa League at the end of his first season in Madrid and is within reach again, but he has the chance to suspend the decisive showdown, even as they progress.