PRIMERA MATCH REPORT

Primera Week 17 - 21 Dec 2012 (21.00 UK)
Atletico Madrid 1 - 0 Celta Vigo
Estadio Vicente Calderon

Atletico Madrid assistant German Burgos praised his players, whilst Paco Herrera defended his team’s pragmatic approach.

Diego Simeone was unable to speak to the media as he was catching a plane back to Argentina, but his right-hand man commended Los Colchoneros for their win, but admitted that it was a hard-fought three points at Vicente Calderon.

“We've won every home game we've played this season,” he told a Press conference. “But Celta's approach certainly made it difficult for us.

“We struggled to find a path to their goal, but luckily we got the goal we needed in the second half.”

The assistant then reflected on what has been a good year for the capital club.

“We believe that the players have given their all over the past 12 months,” he said. “In every competition – the Europa League, Copa del Rey and La Liga – they have left it all on the field.

“But above that, the team are coming together as more than 11 individuals.”

The Celestes Coach meanwhile claimed that his men were lacking in confidence, but still defended their pragmatic gameplan.

“The approach to this game was not defensive,” he told a Press conference. “At no time did we plan to play defensively, it's just my players lacked the belief to win.

“Atletico are a team that gives you room to come out with the ball, and then they press and break. Theu have not lost a game at home this season, so it works.”


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