Atleti are anxious, admits Simeone

Diego Simeone admits Atletico Madrid “are looking anxious” after their goalless draw with La Liga debutants Leganes on Sunday.

Sunday’s result marked Atleti’s worst start to a season under Simeone, the side having also drawn with Leganes’ fellow new boys Alaves last week, and prompted Antoine Griezmann to warn his teammates of “a relegation fight” if they did not “wake up” before long.

“[On Griezmann’s claim], it’s a respectable opinion of his, but I think we had chances, both in the first half and second,” the Coach said after the game.

“We lacked the goal. From this, all I want is for us to work hard and be more ruthless when taking our chances. Leganes tightened up and caused us problems.

“[We lacked] making our play count and [taking our] chances. Football is about goals.

“In [these two] games, we’ve created many chances but luck went against us.

“The team are eager to show how good they are, but we’re looking anxious because we didn’t make our final moments count.

“I’m happy with our work, but to win games you have to create [goalscoring] situations and not give away goals.

“We always thought about starting the season the best we could, but the players will go with their national teams in the next few days and we’ll have little time to work.

“[Kevin] Gameiro started the game well and had a great chance in the second half.”

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