Alaves was superior, says Simeone

Diego Simeone, the head coach of Atletico Madrid, accepted its opponent Alaves was the superior side in its La Liga tie on Saturday.


Diego Simeone..."We take a point, that is better than the game that could have been."

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone accepted his side was outplayed by Alaves in its > 0-0 La Liga draw at Mendizorrotza on Saturday. Deyverson missed two gilt-edged chances to earn three points for the host, with Atletico unable to create many openings in a toothless attacking display.

Atletico's problems with injuries and suspensions forced Simeone into an attacking team selection, but the Argentine said his side lacked focus. "Alaves were superior, especially in intensity," Simeone said after Atletico drew its third successive match in all competitions. "It was a bad game in general. [Nico] Gaitan had the clearest chance, but the goalkeeper reacted significantly and [Yannick] Carrasco played like the whole team, we must try to improve."

Atletico could be 10 points off top spot if Real Madrid beats Real Sociedad on Sunday, but Simeone noted the result could have been worse. "We take a point, that is better than the game that could have been," Simeone said. "It was not a good match in general but we will try to improve so that the next one is better. Alaves did not surprise me because it plays this way with all the teams."

'Failed passes'

Filipe Luis felt sloppy passing was one of the reasons Atletico struggled to work opportunities in front of goal. "We have been overcome by Alaves," Filipe Luis said. "They have made a great game and we have not, we have failed passes, we have not found our game and they have overcome us in the aerial game and in the second plays.

"That is not the image that we would like to give and that is why we will work to improve. We wanted to win [on Saturday], we were excited about this game and when you enter the field you win and play well, you are always improving, you are gaining confidence. But we have already gone through worse times and surely our good football will return."

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