Atletico-Espanyol draw: Saul recognises Atleti's away worry

Atletico Madrid has won just one of its past 10 away matches in LaLiga and Saul Niguez knows that is not acceptable.

Saul Niguez after Atletico's draw with Espanyol   -  Getty Images

Saul Niguez accepts Atletico Madrid needs to find a way to resolve its issues away from home after drawing 1-1 at rock-bottom Espanyol in LaLiga on Sunday.

Saul equalised with a stunning strike at the start of the second half after an early Stefan Savic own goal had put Espanyol in front.

Jan Oblak tipped a Victor Sanchez strike against the crossbar with a fine save to ensure Atletico secured a point.

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The result means Atletico has won just one of its past 10 away matches in the league, leaving it well behind Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Niguez says they must raise its game on the road.

"It's taking a lot this year to win away from home," he told Movistar. "The support of our fans at home shows a lot.

"We must learn. The days go by and we must learn that many points can be gathered away from home."

Diego Simeone also addressed Atletico's poor away form, though he seemed relaxed and confident the side will turn it around.

"We have to win away from home," he said. "We care about the game we have in the Wanda Metropolitano and then we will take care of winning the games that we have away from home.

"When the matches start, we try to win three points. In these last matches [against Valencia, Granada, Villarreal and Espanyol], we have won two and drawn two.

"We are giving the maximum - we hope it will catch up with us. To enter Champions League or save yourself [from relegation], you need to give everything to compete."

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