Simeone rues ‘details’ in defeat

Diego Simeone felt Atletico Madrid had played well against Celta Vigo but were knocked out of the Copa del Rey because they failed in the details.

Celta won 3-2 at Vicente Calderon after a goalless draw in the first leg, the Galicians reaching the tournament’s semi-finals for the first time in 15 years.

“We didn’t play badly, we created a lot of chances to score. But we failed in the details and they took advantage,” Simeone said, AS reports.

“We have to congratulate the opponent. I’ll take some good things from the match, such as Angel Correa in the second half. It serves us well for the future.

“We wanted to compete in the best way and we did. It didn’t go well and Celta were better in the details. We scored two goals and conceded three, which isn’t normal.”

Simeone was asked about two of his misfiring strikers, with Luciano Vietto seeming to be whistled late in the game, and Jackson Martinez not even brought off the bench even as Atleti trailed.

“I thought Vietto had a very good match. He missed chances but he always wanted to play,” Cholo argued.

“He was most dangerous in the first half, but missed passes. But this will make him a man, stronger and he will improve.

“Jackson? The game was well set and we wanted to play football on the ground. With [Antoine] Griezmann, Correa, Vietto, that’s what the game called for, from my perspective.”

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