Atletico Madrid’s tactician, Diego Simeone, didn’t left the pitch in rage after his team’s defeat against Barcelona, especially with a rather controversial yet brilliant Lionel Messi’s free kick which simply decided the end result.
Speaking to the press after the game, Simeone is content with the defeat and even hailed Messi as the genius that simply decided the end result on the Sunday fixture with his brilliance, more than anything.
Simeone admitted that his team were in some difficulties during the first half, which eventually forced them to go behind through Dani Alves’ goal. However, things were improving in the second period, which can be seen by their success in grabbing the equalizer and created plenty of goal scoring chances that could’ve put the Madrid based outfit in the lead. Eventually things were decided with a rather questionable free kick from Messi, who took the kick early when Atletico’s keeper was still busy organizing his defensive wall.
“Results are always fair. We tried to play the game in a specific way and close down the spaces. “In the first half it was difficult for us and in the second half the game was more open. We could have taken the lead, but a genius [Messi] left us with nothing. The referee was did well, although there were some little issues,” Simeone said.
The 2-1 defeat against Barcelona is obviously disappointing for Simeone as his team were going in a good run before the defeat, but he can pretty much be proud with his squad’s effort as they were giving the Catalan side a run for their money indeed. Just like the former Catania coach’s said, Atletico had several chances to actually take the lead which they failed to convert and eventually bite them back in the end as with all the great qualities that Barca had, they decided the game in an unlikely situation.
It would be interesting to see whether Atletico can bounce back from the defeat and take their performance as a motivational lift instead of disappointment which could troubled them mentally. Still having a shot in grabbing an European place for next season, Simeone’s squad should obviously get their act going again and continue to play excellent football in La LIga along with Europa League competition.
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