Simeone: Atletico dropped two points against Real Madrid
Despite seeing his team salvage a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser from Luciano Vietto, the Argentine was disappointed with a share of the spoils
Diego Simeone felt Atletico Madrid dropped two points in Sunday’s derby with city rivals Real at the Vicente Calderon, claiming Rafael Benitez’s men were there to be beaten.
Karim Benzema headed los Blancos into a ninth-minute lead before his France international team-mate Antoine Griezmann had a first-half penalty saved for the hosts.
Real looked set to claim their first win at the Calderon in six attempts but Luciano Vietto came off the bench to net his first Atletico goal with just seven minutes to go.
Atletico almost completed a remarakable turnaround when Keylor Navas made a brilliant injury-time save from Vietto’s fellow substitute Jackson Martinez – and Simeone felt that a late winner would have been wholly merited.
“The feeling is that we lost two points,” the Argentine told reporters after the 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital. “We had more chances than Real Madrid.
“In the first half the team had two important chances – one for Angel Correa and the penalty.
“I do not think they have created scoring chances [apart from the goal] in the first half.
“It’s an important point but the game was there to win.”
The stalemate means Villarreal remain top of La Liga by a single point on a weekend where none of the top six in the Spanish top flight were victorious.
Simeone believes injuries suffered by the traditional heavyweights are playing a part in an exciting start to the season.
“Villarreal are having a very good season,” he added.
“Injuries are playing an important role. Teams are not the same without their best players.
“We have Koke out, Barcelona are missing [Lionel] Messi and [Andres] Iniesta, Real James [Rodriguez] and Danilo.
“We must adapt. At least this year is more entertaining.”