In his post-match interview that appeared on AS following Atlético Madrid’s 2-1 victory against Porto, Mario Hermoso discussed his thoughts following the full-time whistle.
The Spaniard scored in Los Colchoneros’ opening game of the Champions League, as well as given away a penalty due to a handball:
“The final situation with the penalty is not pleasant, you think that the game is over, that it’s slipping away from you. The ball touched my hand, but my intention is to go with the ball forward and not to cut the game. These are things that are still unclear today. We don’t really understand the criteria, especially with this type of action. They can be detrimental in games, and all the more so in a competition like this.”
Hermoso also revealed his love for Atlético Madrid:
“At no time have I ever been unhappy with either the fans or Atlético Madrid. It is a club where I have always wanted to be and I will always want to be. I believe that the people have always shown affection towards me, they have always shown me that respect.”
The 27-year-old believes the win will give Atléti momentum:
“It’s only just begun, we’ve started the pre-season well, but you can’t rely on it. Now, more important things are at stake. Little by little, we need to get back to recovering injured players and get back to working hard, to the unity that we have and have always had in the dressing room.”