Arsene Wenger hails Atletico Madrid achievements

Wenger hails Atletico achievements
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praises Atletico Madrid for reaching the Champions League final.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Atletico Madrid for reaching the Champions League final.

Diego Simeone's side knocked out Chelsea in midweek to set up a final against Real Madrid, and Wenger admits that he is impressed that they have gone so far on a smaller budget than their city rivals.

"I would like to pay tribute to what Atletico Madrid have done because Real Madrid [have been] 13 or 14 times in the final," he told Arsenal's official website.

"We know what that prestige policy can bring, but it's important for football as well to see that teams who spend less can be in finals as well."

This year's Champions League final will be the first time that two teams from the same city have met.

Diego Simeone looks on before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between AC Milan and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 19, 2014
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