Diego Simeone hailed La Liga as an ‘extraordinary’ division, despite Atletico Madrid dropping points to Villarreal on Saturday.
Atleti took the lead through Filipe Luis but left La Ceramica with a 1-1 draw after Mario Gaspar equalised for Villarreal, while Jan Oblak pulled off several stops to keep the score level.
“La Liga is extraordinary, fantastic,” the Coach said after the game.
“All the teams fight and battle, and it allows for a much more competitive League than when Ronaldo and Messi defined it.
“It was a tough and intense game against a team who found themselves in a complicated situation, and we knew they’d react.
“We tried to make it a physical match in the first half, while in the second one we pushed on for the winner.
“However it was tough, like it always is here. It’s always been tight. We took the lead and our changes made us more lively, but our opponents grew.
“They have quality and they’re a team who should be higher in the table. We weren’t surprised by what happened, they’re a difficult team to face and this is a complicated place to play.
“I brought Thomas on to give us more dynamism as I thought he could combine better with Correa and Lemar.”