Diego Simeone made it clear “there’s still the possibility of finishing top” of La Liga after Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win against Deportivo on Saturday.
Goals from Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa fired Atleti to a third consecutive game in which they scored three goals and kept them eight points behind League leaders Barcelona with nine rounds yet to play.
“[Luciano] Vietto, apart from him not scoring, allowed us to link up play better,” the Coach said after the game.
“We have players who arrive in the box very well, especially Koke and Saul.
“The most important thing is that the goals come from different areas of pitch. This gives the team more chances of reaching the opponents’ goal.
“Gabi is very consistent. He’s one of the best pressers of the ball and reads the game very well.
“Saul has a lot of room for growth. He’s great at the moment but can improve much more because he can play in many positions on the pitch.
“[On his historic statistics], my numbers are important because they’re thanks to my players and coaching staff. We’re only focused on Tuesday’s game.
“[On why he is targeting third, not second], we’re competing with Real Madrid and Barcelona, who have extremely great squads.
“There’s still the possibility of finishing top like two years ago or third like last season, but our objective is to be among the top three.
“I didn’t rotate [the team against Depor] because the most important game was Deportivo. Now, it’s PSV.
“We’ve found consistency and a more stable way of playing.”