As Diego Simeone was left explaining Atletico Madrid’s perfect home record so far this season, Manolo Jimenez was left ruing his side’s soft underbelly.
Atleti’s 2-0 win at the Calderon made it 10 wins from 10 played at the ground in the League so far this season.
“It has been a very good game. The first half was almost perfect, we pressured the opponent in the field, the level of the forwards gave us much depth, Diego Costa was extraordinary,” reflected Simeone afterwards.
“The game from Costa, particularly in the first half, was impressive. The team are obsessed with winning the game and they showed that: an obsession with winning and I think one that he has taken them to.
“I always expect the best. The work from the end of last season was very good and we had an opportunity in pre-season. Hardly any of the players were involved in international tournaments over the summer, except Diego, and everyone here has given us a greater chance to strengthen the group and the team.
“And here we are. I think the team are showing a clear identity beyond being able to play better or worse, with a distinct identity that has allowed them to finish with a strong first round.”
For Jimenez, the result was only possible for Zaragoza’s collapse in the face of their opponents.
“We lacked the belief in victory and we lacked soul and competitiveness,” the Coach complained afterwards.
“Atletico Madrid are admirable. Not only do they have great players, but they all work as a team. They all compete at 100 per cent.
“Am I angry with my players? We have to be ambitious because we represent a team that was previously the best in Spain, even if in recent years we have had to avoid the drop on the final day of the season.
“The priority remains survival and we must be a serious team, as we normally are, except not at the Calderon. We were so soft and like this Atletico just passes right over you.
“We did not deserve any more than we got, but the goal from the penalty had an offside just before, but I repeat that this is no excuse.”
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