Diego Simeone has admitted his side is likely to miss out on a top three spot due to their inconsistencies and Sevilla’s recent form.
Antoine Griezmann rescued a point for Los Rojiblancos at San Mames on Sunday in a result which means both they and Real Sociedad sit six points behind third-placed Barcelona and seven off Sevilla.
"We are seven points behind third spot, after an inconsistent first half of the season," Simeone said.
"Sevilla have a big advantage for getting into the Champions League."
"I am leaving satisfied as we continue to improve in each game, so that we get results," Simeone said. "I believe that in the first 30 minutes, and then at the end of the game, were very good from us.
"It was an emotional game and swung back and forward. We could have done more damage at 1-0 up, but we also saw that they could hurt us."