Champions League: John Stones blasts Atletico Madrid over its hostile environment
John Stones, the Manchester City defender, has hit out at Atletico Madrid, branding their Wanda Metropolitano Stadium as a hostile environment.
Stones said this while reacting to Man City’s Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola’s side progressed to the Champions League semi-final following a goalless draw against Atletico.
The Premier League champions had won the first leg 1-0 last week.
However, the final minutes of the clash in Spain were overshadowed by a brawl between City and Atletico, which continued in the tunnel after the final whistle.
“We know they sometimes try to make things happen like that. I thought we dealt with it really well,” Stones told BT Sport.
“It’s not nice to talk about that. I don’t want to dwell on it too much because, over two legs, I think we played incredibly against such an experienced team in what they do, in such a low block.
“I’m so proud of the lads today on how we kept control and our tempers. It’s so easy to get drawn in, so happy to be through, great night.”
He added: “We know it’s not easy. It’s my first time. Hostile environment. From talking to boys who have been here before and who know their players and how they play.
“It was a difficult night all round. I think how we defended, how we controlled ourselves, over two legs was incredible.”