Diego Costa was very angry at the change that Simeone made and for which he released Marcos Llorente to the field, but then he had to get angry with the victory because he wanted to joke with the journalists about the coronavirus. Although it was not funny.
Without speaking (or better not to speak in front of them) he coughed quickly. The game was played despite the coronavirus warnings and many Spaniards and Madrilenians traveled to Liverpool, although in Spain all fields have been closed and it is likely that LaLiga will be suspended today and who knows if the Champions League.
The striker must not have wanted to speak. He played 55 minutes of the match between Atlético and Liverpool and at that moment, Simeone saw clearly that Marcos Llorente had to leave. Atlético needed to contain the rival, they needed to be stronger in the midfield and the help of the midfielder could be more useful than Diego Costa’s fight up front.
Diego Costa did not hide his anger at being changed, however subsequent events proved Cholo right: Llorente signed his most heroic night in his professional career and Atlético went through to the Champions League quarterfinals.