Koke: Derbi a turning point

Koke believes Atletico Madrid’s stalemate with Real Madrid in the Derbi on Saturday was “a turning point” for his side.

Atleti once more fired blanks against Madrid but nonetheless held on for a draw to stay level on points with their arch-rivals in La Liga, while Koke made his comeback from a hamstring injury.

“It was an intense match with few chances,” the midfielder said after the game.

“Personally and collectively speaking, it was a great match, although we were facing a great team, one of the best in the world.

“It’s a pity that we couldn’t win as we had some clear chances. We always want to win the Derbi against our eternal rivals. it wasn’t to be, but I think it was a turning point for us.

“Comeback after an injury? I was a bit tired towards the end, but I felt good on the pitch and that’s important.

“Griezmann? Antoine’s calm, the goals and the good performances will come for him. You have to be calm, and he is.

“La Liga? We have to look up the table. We’re tied on points with Madrid and we have to look towards the two teams that are ahead of us.”

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