Diego Simeone hailed Atletico Madrid’s “energy, dynamism and ruthlessness” in their 5-1 thrashing of Las Palmas on Saturday.
Goals from Koke (x2), Thomas Partey, Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco emphatically secured a first win of the season for Atleti, but Simeone made it clear the result was more to do with his side flying out the traps than the islanders being poor.
“The game was very good, we started with energy, dynamism and knowing where we could do damage,” the Coach said after the game.
“It helped us take the lead quickly and then another match started. In the second half, we played in the best way possible.
“We were lucky to have a great game like last season. It’s not easy if you concede a goal in opening five minutes.
“Las Palmas tried, but my players responded very well to the changes in system.
“I always look for the best and imagine that we can pose danger in any situation. We were ruthless and had an ambition to go for the win.
“Comfortable? There’s no such thing in football, they could’ve scored another goal.
“Without the humility to run and defending like we did, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this result.”