Atletico taking positives from Dortmund defeat – Simeone

Ahead of the La Liga clash with Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid has put the defeat to Borussia Dortmund behind them, says Diego Simeone.

Following the loss to Dortmund, Atletico Madrid takes on Real Sociedad.   -  Getty Images

Diego Simeone has insisted Atletico Madrid will learn from its 4-0 hammering to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Atleti left Germany with its tails firmly between its legs on Wednesday, with Lucien Favre's in-form side having claimed an emphatic win.

Simeone's side has the chance to bounce back when it takes on Real Sociedad on Saturday. And the Atleti boss, who believes his side played better against Dortmund than it did in a 1-1 draw to Villarreal in its previous league outing, claimed there were positives to take from its heavy defeat at Signal Iduna Park.

"Emotionally, we're prepared, because a footballer always thinks about the next game," Simeone told a news conference.

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"If we work and improve certain things we did against Borussia Dortmund, we'll be close to what we want, without a doubt. The match is exciting and a new chance to play well. Football is about balance."

"Those who manage to keep the offensive and defensive balance are more successful. We search for balance in order to keep a stable level, which is the most difficult thing to do."

"I do not listen to criticism or flattery, one weakens you and the other angers you. I focus on watching the last two matches. We play better in Dortmund than against Villarreal. There were important passages in which I take positive things to evolve as a team."