Atletico Madrid can make Wanda Metropolitano a stronghold - Diego Simeone
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hopes his side's Europa League semifinal victory over Arsenal will help establish their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium as a fortress.
Atletico beat the Gunners 1-0 on Thursday to reach the final, where they will play Marseille, 2-1 on aggregate.
Having left their old Vicente Calderon home last summer, Simeone believes that is a sign of good things to come.
"Stories are born from this type of match, the stadiums begin to have their strength from important triumphs," Simeone, who watched from the directors' box after being sent to the stands in the first leg, said.
"From where I had to watch, I could feel what the fans feel. It is an extraordinary stadium. This is the first page of history we'll write in the Wanda Metropolitano. We are happy."
Simeone will also view the final from the stands as he continues to serve his touchline ban, having complained to officials following Sime Vrsaljko's early red card at the Emirates Stadium.
Assistant German Burgos oversaw matters from the bench in his absence, and Simeone said: "The game was very well handled.
"I had a bad time, obviously, sad, because I feel comfortable [in the dugout], but German was there and we do not have to look to understand what needs to be done."
Marseille reached the final thanks to an extra-time goal from substitute Jorge Rolando in Austria which earned a 3-2 aggregate win over Salzburg.
Looking ahead to the match, Simeone said: "We've taken a huge step and hopefully winning the Europa League is the next step.
"Marseille are a complicated and fast team. It will surely be a great final."