Simeone: I’m most strengthened by Atletico’s bravery
Atletico Madrid won 2-0 in Malaga on Saturday evening, but Diego Simeone admitted that it was not as simple as the scoreline suggested.
With so many players missing due to suspension, injury and a tiring international break, he was especially pleased with the way Los Colchoneros dealt with a tricky situation.
“What I’m most strengthened by is the bravery and the fight against difficult circumstances,” he said in his post-match press conference.
“We came into this match with two youth teamers and with two centre-backs on the bench, yet the team solved it anyway.
“The fact that we can solve a match against a team who caused us difficulties tells you a lot about the squad depth and the work that is put in.
“It’s obvious that when the team works together, there is always a chance [to win].”
Asked how comfortable he felt the victory was, Simeone stressed that he been uneasy at points on the sidelines, but pointed to the fact that Atleti did manufacture a number of sights of goal.
“If you look then my suit is covered in sweat, as it wasn’t simple,” he told reporters.
“We didn’t have much of the ball, but we did have four very clear chances.
“We attacked better and they counterattacked, but then it changed after the goal and then they had the ball, but without chances to score.
“The important thing was to work in search of what we need.”
However, with a midweek round coming up and with a difficult fixture against Real Sociedad, Los Rojiblancos must get back to work soon, as Simeone was quick to point out.
“There isn’t much time to celebrate the victory, but we leave content,” he said.
That match against the team from San Sebastian kicks off at 21:30 CEST on Tuesday.
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