Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone couldn’t disguise the keenness introduced on by Saturday’s 1-0 win over Barcelona, although he dismissed the concept he can see similarities along with his 2013-14 title-winning crew.
Los Colchoneros produced a stable show on the Wanda Metropolitano to defeat Ronald Koeman’s misfiring Barça and go as much as second in LaLiga, solely behind Actual Sociedad – who’ve performed a recreation extra – by advantage of scoring two targets fewer.
That victory prolonged Atletico’s unbeaten run to 24 video games in LaLiga and opened up a nine-point hole between themselves and Barca.
With defending champions Actual Madrid additionally failing to encourage a lot confidence, having not often impressed this season and been held by Villarreal earlier on Saturday, Atlético seem like many individuals’s favorite for the title.
Atletico haven’t received it since 2013-14, their first for 18 years on the time, however Simeone is preserving his ft on the bottom.
Simeone: “No similarities” to 2013-14 title winners
When requested if he noticed similarities along with his earlier title-winning crew, Simeone instructed reporters: “No, I do not see them.”
However Atletico’s enchancment from 2019-20 is just not misplaced on the Argentinian, who added: “Crucial issues we worth concerning the progress of footballers from final season to this one is being seen.
“We’re working higher on the pitch, we’re being extra complicit to share what the crew wants and we see it.
“We’d like everybody. Felipe, who performed way more repeatedly final season; Renan Lodi, who will certainly be necessary; [Geoffrey] Kondogbia enters little by little; Saúl [Ñiguez] is discovering his finest kind; [Ángel] Correa is displaying extraordinary progress, to not point out João Félix or [Diego] Costa’s enthusiasm when he got here on.
“The group generates enthusiasm for me, as a result of I see them desirous to search for necessary issues, recreation by recreation.”
The win noticed Atletico finish a run of 20 consecutive LaLiga matches with out a victory over Barcelona, whereas Simeone had not overwhelmed them in 17 previous league meetings.
However, regardless of the momentousness of such a victory, Simeone remained reserved and dismissed its significance.
“Soccer is recreation by recreation,” he stated. “Typically we’ve got to win and typically we’ve got to lose, within the earlier video games [against Barca] we had at all times been near successful, apart from within the Supercopa in Saudi Arabia.
“Immediately we received, that doesn’t change the plan of what’s sought. I am very proud of the crew’s effort.”