Simeone excited by improving Atleti

Atletico Madrid made it 17 games unbeaten in LaLiga on Saturday with victory over Huesca, much to the delight of manager Diego Simeone.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone   -  Getty Images

Diego Simeone heaped praise on another solid Atletico Madrid performance as it kept the pressure on LaLiga leader Barcelona with a 3-0 victory over Huesca.

Saturday's triumph extended Atleti's unbeaten run to 17 games in the league and cut the gap to Barca to just two points, although the Blaugrana have a game in hand.

It was a comprehensive display from Atleti as it weathered early Huesca pressure before taking the game away from the struggler.

Simeone was pleased with the display from his side, which he says has been working itself into form since it returned from the mid-season break against Sevilla.

"I keep repeating that from the Sevilla game onwards we have always competed well, generating chances," he told reporters.

"Today the team played at a very good level during the whole 90 minutes. That gives us great excitement."

Time to recuperate

Full-backs Lucas Hernandez and Santiago Arias put Atleti 2-0 ahead before Koke marked his 400th game with the game-sealing third.

The victory came despite an injury crisis at the club that saw Simeone only have 13 fit senior players available in Huesca, but he hopes that will ease following its Copa del Rey exit.

"We knew since the beginning of the season the difficulties that we were going to encounter," he added.

"We are out of the cup so that allows us to recover people and be in the best conditions for the competitions we are competing in."

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