Diego Simeone was delighted with the response of his Atletico Madrid team after a ‘difficult’ opening 15 minutes against Real Sociedad.
A first-half goal from Filipe Luis was enough for Los Rojiblancos to maintain their winning streak (which now stands at five consecutive La Liga games) but the Argentine boss explained his side dealt well with the fast-starting La Real.
“It was difficult in the first 15 minutes, they kept the ball well,” Simeone told his post-match press conference.
“But then we set the rhythm of the game, we pressed higher, we started to create chances; in the second half we defended really well and used the spaces to counter-attack.
“We had chances to score another goal too. (Geronimo) Rulli (the Real Sociedad goalkeeper) was probably the best player on their team.”
Next up for Atleti is a trip to the Bernabeu on Saturday for the Madrid derby.