Despite the 1-0 La Liga defeat at Barcelona, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone remained upbeat about his team.
The hosts secured a crucial victory against a main title rival in a match where few chances were created by either side. Joao Felix, on loan from Atletico, scored a first-half breakthrough for Barcelona, celebrating in front of the away fans.
After the restart, Atletico increased their pace. However, Barcelona’s backup goalkeeper, Inaki Pena, made two crucial late saves to secure the win for La Blaugrana.
Diego Simeone expressed positivity about his team’s overall performance. He acknowledged that in a close game, victory would be determined by the team that seized their opportunity.
“I leave here with a positive image of the second half. With peace of mind, knowing the team will always responds when it takes a hit. The season is long and we will continue to fight.” Diego Simeone said after the match, reported by Marca.
Atletico’s loss keeps them in fourth place in the table. They will play at home against Almeria on December 10.