“The club would stress it is very happy with the job Quique and his staff have done this season,” a statement read.
“As the club has consistently made clear, no decision has been made on the future of Quique Sanchez Flores and certainly no decision will be taken until the club has held in-depth discussions with Quique.
“Those discussions will only take place once the season has finished.”
Atletico – for so many years in the shadow of illustrious neighbours Real Madrid – have never been crowned European champions, twice losing in the final of the continent’s leading club competition.
Under coach Diego Simeone, Los Rojiblancos have emerged as serious challengers to Spain’s regular duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid and have now put themselves in a decent position to create history by winning the Champions League.
With Bayern boasting a remarkable home record of only one defeat in 24 matches, the tie is far from over.
But Niguez – a Spain Under-21 international who has cemented his place in the Atletico side this season – extended the Spanish title-chasing side’s own excellent form at a raucous Vicente Calderon.
The 21-year-old midfielder picked up the ball about 35 yards from goal, dancing through flimsy challenges from Bayern trio Thiago Alcantara, Juan Bernat and Xabi Alonso, then keeping his composure to steer the ball into the bottom corner.
Atletico defence blunts Bayern attack
Much of Atletico’s success under Simeone has been built on defensive resilience, with his organised side conceding just five goals in this season’s Champions League.
Atletico had also kept clean sheets in their previous four La Liga games but faced Bayern – the competition’s top scorers with 28 goals in 10 matches – without defensive lynchpin Diego Godin.
However, the injured Uruguay centre-back, 30, was barely missed as a typically determined Atletico display shut out Bayern.
Former Argentina midfielder Simeone slightly altered his side’s defensive tactics in the first half, occasionally pressing Bayern higher up the pitch, before reverting to their deep and compact shape after the break.
The German side, who are one win away from a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title, totally dominated in the second half as Alaba and Vidal went closest to equalising.
Home keeper Jan Oblak also blocked Javi Martinez’s close-range header in-between, helping Atletico secure a 14th clean sheet in 16 Champions League home matches.
Uno, dos, tres – third time unlucky for Pep?
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola’s three-year reign ends in the summer when he moves to Manchester City, with the Spaniard admitting his time in Germany will be judged on his ability to win the Champions League.
His side have lost to Spanish opposition at the semi-final stage in each of the past two seasons, knocked out by Real Madrid in 2014 and Guardiola’s former club Barcelona last year.
Now the Catalan coach must outwit Simeone next week to avoid a clean sweep of defeats by La Liga’s big three.
Guardiola, on course to comfortably win the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons, may reflect on his decision to leave Germany forward Thomas Muller on the bench until the final quarter of the match.
Muller is their joint top scorer in the Champions League having scored eight goals in his 10 appearances this season.
With Guardiola’s gameplan seemingly relying heavily on crosses into the Atletico box, the absence of the predatory Muller appeared even more strange.
Man of the match – Saul Niguez
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone:
“The first half was very close to what we wanted. In the second half they were better and got in behind but we felt comfortable, we defended well.
“It was a great piece of individual skill with lots of creativity, Saul Niguez is developing well which is great for us.
“I think it’s still an open tie, they will be playing at home next week with their fans behind them but we have the chance to get an away goal. It’ll be a close game like today, we’ll see who makes the most of their chances.”
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres:
“It was a fantastic night and I’m happy for all Atleticos. We’ve got the lead we wanted.
“We kept fighting, that’s what we do. Bayern have a level that few other teams have but we kept on doing our thing.”
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola:
“Their goal is a brilliant goal, but it’s our mistake. We kept standing off. I’m not happy with how we played.
“It was a good game overall, but we started badly. The goal was a consequence of our slow play.”
Both teams continue the pursuit of their domestic league titles this weekend.
Second-placed Atletico, who are level on points with leaders Barcelona, host lowly Rayo Vallecano as they bid for a second La Liga title in three seasons.
Bundesliga champions-elect Bayern also play on Saturday when they host fifth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.
Stats of the day
Atletico have won 13 of their 17 home Champions League games under Diego Simeone, drawing three and losing one.
Atletico have scored against 23 of the 25 teams they have faced this season in all competitions, only failing to score against Villarreal and PSV Eindhoven.
Bayern Munich are winless in their past eight away games in the Champions League knockout stages, drawing four and losing four.
Robert Lewandowski has failed to score in eight of his past nine Champions League games outside the Allianz Arena.
Bayern defender David Alaba made his 50th appearance in the Champions league – more than any other Austrian player.
Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham said “those responsible must be held to account” saying the force had gone back on its 2012 apology.
The force’s Police and Crime Commissioner said there had been an “erosion of trust”.
Dr Alan Billings said he had no choice but to act.
The PCC said: “The continuing criticism that has been directed at the Chief Constable and the eroding trust and confidence in South Yorkshire Police I have been left with no choice other than to suspend David Crompton from his duties.
“I have reached this decision with a heavy heart following discussions with David.”
Mr Crompton was due to retire in November after four years in the role.
On Tuesday after the inquests conclusions were delivered, he admitted the policing of the match was “catastrophically wrong” and “unequivocally” accepted the findings.
Hours before his suspension, the force said: “We have never sought, at any stage, to defend the failures of South Yorkshire Police or its officers.
“Nevertheless, these failures had to be put into the context of other contributory factors. In other words, where do the failings of SYP stand in the overall picture?
“We are sorry if our approach has been perceived as at odds with our earlier apology, this was certainly not our intention.”
Home Secretary Theresa May has praised the “extraordinary dignity and determination” of the Hillsborough families.
She said for 27 years the families and survivors “fought for justice from the authorities that should have been trusted, and have laid blame and tried to protect themselves.”
The families “have never faltered”, she said, and commended their courage, determination and resolve.
The fans died as a result of a crush during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium on 15 April 1989.
Mrs May said the jury found that blunders by South Yorkshire’s police and ambulance services “caused or contributed to” the deaths as a result of the disaster.
The jury also concluded that Liverpool fans were not to blame for what happened.
She read out the potential offences under investigation including gross negligence manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, perjury and perverting the course of justice.
John Joyce, 72, who was at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground on the day of the disaster, said like the families of the dead, he too wanted to see the police prosecuted.
“From day one they were at fault. They called us robbers, pickpockets and everything. Rubbish. They switched the statements, it’s been hard. I was at the game, I was in the stands, that’s why I have lived with it for 27 rotten years,” he said.
The inquests jury heard more than two years of evidence at Britain’s longest running inquests.
Nine jurors reached unanimous decisions on all but one of the 14 questions at the inquests into UK’s worst sporting disaster.
The coroner Sir John Goldring said he would accept a majority decision about whether the fans were unlawfully killed – seven jurors agreed they were.