Diego Simeone believes the noise generated by the Atletico Madrid crowd played a key role in the 1-0 win over Villarreal.
Los Colchoneros’ win means they will remain top of the table after this weekend, a goal from Raul Garcia proving enough to down the Yellow Submarine.
Simeone told reporters after the final whistle that he understands fully the value of the victory and wants to pay tribute to the supporters.
“It’s a very important win and that’s why we value it more,” El Cholo said.
“We couldn’t match the possession of Villarreal but I’m sure, because I know this club, that the fans understand how important they are for the team, in this circumstance.
“When they start screaming, the atmosphere rumbles. Today the people of Atletico Madrid appeared.
“Many people wonder why Atletico are where they are and it’s because of this, passion, work, humility, and if we have to suffer, we suffer.”
Simeone added that he expects a difficult end to the season but that he is pleased Atletico’s future is in their hands.
“We have had many uncomfortable games here and at the end of the League all will be well,” he continued.
“One thing that is very clear is that we depend on ourselves.
“I don’t have words to thank everyone for the effort and commitment that the players are putting in for the club.
“Indeed, we are tired but we can overcome that tiredness.”
Simeone also revealed he would not be watching the matches of Barcelona and Real Madrid, who each played later on Saturday.
“I’m going home and turning off until tomorrow,” he said.
“We have to think about Wednesday’s game [against Barcelona]. The Champions League match is very important for the club.
“Then it’s Sunday’s game against Getafe. There are still many, many days, many hours, many seconds.”