Diego Simeone slams Barcelona star Neymar: Diving is his characteristic

The 22-year-old celebrates his goal for Barcelona last night - Action Images

The Atlético Madrid boss said that the Brazil international goes to ground too easily following last night’s draw in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has lashed out at Neymar, claiming that the Barcelona forward lets himself down with his theatrics.

The 22-year-old calmly converting Andres Iniesta's exquisite through-ball to cancel out Diego Ribas’ stunning opener at the Camp Nou.

While Simeone does not doubt Neymar's talent, the Argentine believes that the former Santos man is guilty of repeatedly going to ground too easily.

"Diving is his characteristic, like Alexis Sanchez did when I coached him at River Plate," he told Sky Sport.

"This part of his game lets him down."

The all-Spanish quarter-final clash is beautifully poised ahead of next week's second leg at the Vicente Calderon.

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