Their neighbours outplayed Los Rojiblancos for most of the game at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Atletico have to improve

Diego Simeone had some harsh words for himself and his players as he reflected on the shortcomings of Atletico Madrid in their 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday. Their neighbours outplayed Los Rojiblancos for most of the game at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. “Looking at each other and sometimes finding the aspect that we have within the team is not bad,” Simeone said at full-time. “We have to improve. The criticism is fair and justified, but there is what I’m saying. We made great efforts the other day against RB Salzburg, were nervous about leaving the Champions League. There was a lot of emotional baggage that I don’t use as an excuse, but it does exist.”

Diego Simeone is not happy with his men

“We played badly today. The coach lacked clarity to see the game in the best possible way, and the team did not do what was asked of them. Now we have to play again, and we have the Copa del Rey game in midweek.” Simeone, clearly not happy with his team, made three substitutions at the half against Real Madrid. João Felix, who remained in the second half, was then visibly upset after being replaced on the hour mark. “I understood the game in the way in which I showed,” – said Simeone on the substitution. “So I was looking for freshness in the attack, whether it was Joao or Hector Herrera, who had to come off.”

“I was looking for more legs in midfield. The game broke Real Madrid’s path, and we wanted to fight better. We could not find the goal we were looking for to reduce the difference. I understand João Felix’s irritation and share it and I know that when someone plays, you want to give more. But you have to ask the player why they got annoyed. I can provide you with what I think it might be that he wants to play the full 90 minutes, play better. There are a thousand things. When you get the chance, ask each of them why they are annoyed.”