LaLiga Adamant this isn’t his worst week
Atletico Madrid‘s nightmare week ended in yet more misery following their 2-0 loss against Athletic Club at San Mames on Saturday evening, with Diego Simeone calling on his side to learn from their experiences.
In midweek they were eliminated from the Champions League after a 3-0 loss against Juventus in Turin, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.
However, he was insistent that this is still not his worst week in charge of the club and wants it to be a learning curve for Los Rojiblancos.
“This isn’t the worst week [in my reign],” he explained.
“The worst was when we lost the Champions League final on penalties in Milan.
“We are used to constantly fighting and competing. This is a time to observe, watch and grow.
“In the league, we’re in a good position after seven good months and intend to stay there.”
Simeone wasn’t too forthcoming on the difficult position Atletico are left in, without anything of note to fight for between now and the end of the campaign, but he believes the game at San Mames was always going to be tough after their trip to Italy.
“After the bad match in Turin, things were always going to be difficult for us and we didn’t create much danger, particularly in the first half,” he commented.
“In recent years, this has been a team used to fighting for titles until the end and now, we are waiting to see what Barcelona do [in future weeks, beginning away at Real Betis on Sunday night], whilst being far away from them.
“This was never going to be easy for us after what happened in Turin, but I liked what we did in the second half.
“We know we can improve.”