Simeone enjoying Atletico challenge

Diego Simeone wants to keep enjoying Atletico Madrid’s three-way title fight after beating Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.

Los Colchoneros ran out 2-1 winners against the Champions League hopefuls with goals from Diego Costa and Koke overturning Iker Muniain’s early opener.

The victory meant that Atletico remained top of the League after Barcelona and Real Madrid were both also victorious.

“Let us live and enjoy our reality, every minute, every practice, every game,” Simeone said to reporters.

“Don’t think that we don’t have the same opportunities as Barca and Madrid.

“We’re not going to change the way we think. That was one of our best League games of the season.

“The team never suffered from the goal we conceded, we overcame it in the game and had the strength to make a great game.

“Three points are difficult to take from here as Athletic are very good and the win certainly gives us joy, but also the way we got it.”

El Cholo also praised the goal scorers for their overall contributions to the team.

“Diego Costa has enormous strength. He continues to grow, day by day,” Simeone added.

“He feels comfortable and his teammates exploit that in the best way.

“Koke is a very important player for Atletico. Beyond this game, he has done very well tactically.

“He’s been growing and is now one of the best players in the League,” the Argentine said of the midfielder.

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