Coliseum Alfonso Perez

Next Game

Getafe v A Madrid

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 20:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Vicente Calderon

Last Game

A Madrid 5 - 0 Malmo FF

Wednesday, 22 October 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group A

Simeone lauds superb Osasuna

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone preferred to laud Osasuna rather than accuse his side after seeing their title hopes suffer a damaging blow with a shock 3-0 defeat in Pamplona.

Last Updated: 24/02/14 at 10:56 Post Comment

Diego Simeone: Preferred to concentrate on Osasuna

Diego Simeone: Preferred to concentrate on Osasuna

Atletico would have moved above Barcelona and joined arch-rivals Real Madrid on 63 points at the top of the Primera Division standings if they had beaten 14th-placed Osasuna, but the match turned out to be a nightmare for the Rojiblancos.

They were 2-0 down inside 21 minutes to goals from Alvaro Cejudo and Emiliano Armenteros, and 3-0 behind at the break following Roberto Torres's strike.

There were no more goals after the interval from either side, but the damage had been done for Atletico as they suffered only their third league defeat of the season.

A magnanimous Simeone said: "When your opponents are better, like here, you have to congratulate them. Other days you are better. That's football.

"It was a very good game from Osasuna, especially in the opening 25 minutes. We were better in the second half but couldn't get the first goal which could have got us back into the game."

The former Argentina international, who played down suggestions Atletico's midweek Champions League exertions in beating AC Milan at the San Siro had any influence on this weekend's result, added: "It was a great game from them and a bad one from us.

"What I said in the dressing room stays there. What Osasuna did was very good. We cannot only play by ourselves."

Atletico cannot afford to dwell on the defeat for long as next weekend they play host to Real Madrid in a match that could prove decisive to the Rojiblancos' hopes of winning a first Primera Division title since 1996.

Atletico have not beaten Real at home in 15 years, losing 11 of 13 league and cup games in that time, but defender Juanfran Torres is looking forward to the chance to end that miserable run.

He said on his club's website: "We're eager to prepare this week and think that if we beat Madrid things are going to be different.

"We will prepare well, we are playing in our stadium where we are undefeated (this season) and I'm convinced that we will have a good game and we will win."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property