Diego Simeone opted to draw the positives from Atletico Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Villarreal in La Liga on Sunday as “the result keeps us on track”.

Los Colchoneros missed the chance to move three points clear of Real Madrid in the title race after they unable to break down the Yellow Submarine, but the Coach took consolation from his side staying six ahead of their opponents in second and their arch-rivals also failing to win.

“Obviously we’d have liked to have won, but the result allows us to stay six points ahead of Villarreal, which, based on the team’s objectives, keeps us on track,” he said after the game.

“Our mindset remains positive. Villarreal are one of those teams who defend strongly and hit you on the counterattack quickly.

“For our part, we didn’t have a good game, but we intended to win the game.

“Nonetheless, the result allows us to maintain our lead on Villarreal.

“Except Barcelona, ​​everyone struggled [over the weekend]. Real Madrid also drew.

“In the second half [of the season], we all have needs and we all costs. Nothing is easy.”

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