Diego Simeone was left delighted once more with Atletico Madrid working through their system to record victory on Sunday at Sevilla.
Radamel Falcao’s goal midway through the second half saw Atleti come away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with all three points.
“Again we faced a great rival who proposed a new system. We worked here in trying to control the ball more,” commented Simeone post-match.
“During the first half time we could have taken better advantage of the chances we had. In the second half we locked the game, there was a lot of tension, excitement and luckily the goal came and guided us to victory.
“We had to be strong because a victory in this field is not won easily. We were made to suffer, to work. there are now less games to play and the target is close, but we must keep working.”
El Cholo was asked of Unai Emery’s decision to play a 3-5-2 system for Sevilla.
“We knew they could play with three at the back and try to control the ball in the middle, looking to close the space back and get the ball to their most important players such as Rakitic, Navas, Negredo and Reyes and I think they succeeded.
“They controlled the space. We did not have the ball but it is also true that the first half we had chance on the break, which is what we wanted and the team looked and worked the same way.”
Atleti are three points away from sealing Champions League qualification.
“We're close. It’s a job that the team has been doing every Sunday since they started the season with a huge effort.
“We’ve been without Arda who is an important player and the team has still done well. Tiago has also been out and the team does well. I repeat because I'm proud of those guys.
“Hopefully the Atletico fans are happy with the work of their team.”
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