Diego Simeone lamented the number of opportunities missed by his Atletico Madrid side after their first defeat of the season away to Sevilla.
Atletico missed a host of chances before Steven N’Zonzi won the game for the hosts and Koke was later sent off for the title hopefuls.
"We had good chances in the first half to break open the game,” explained Simeone.
"When you have good chances and play as well as we did, it is normal that you go ahead. It didn't happen, though. After half-time the game was heading down the same path, and then came the move from Sevilla. It was a tough game, difficult.
"As I said beforehand, both of us are aiming to keep in there competing with Real Madrid and Barcelona.
"We were close in the first half to what we wanted to find. I am leaving here pretty relaxed as the team played as we hoped."