By 11 April, 2021 - 05:22pm
Atlético de Madrid closed a week in Seville with a possible six point after their duels against Sevilla and now with Betis. However, Atlético is the leader of LaLiga, with a point advantage over Madrid and two over Barcelona. There are eight days left in a tournament finale that is exciting. “We are in a very competitive league. We started very strong and Madrid and Barcelona did it irregularly . Now we see that Madrid is coming to an extraordinary step and Barcelona won with difficulties against Valladolid and lost the classic. I love this moment. It's what the coaches want: to get to this moment taking care of our position and competing with the best, "said the Atlético coach.
" We had a very good first half, with several situations to be able to increase the score after Carrasco's goal , but his goalkeeper (Claudio Bravo) was very good, as in Saúl's header. They made us their goal in the only action they had. The second half saw the desire of both teams to win. Betis had options on the counterattack and we had them at the end ”, added Simeone.
“It was a championship final match, with everything red hot. I value the point, although we wanted all three. We take one and we must continue game by game ", clarified the coach, restless throughout the match in the Benito Villamarín band.
" Casualties do not condition me even if we have them. We have a group that supports us, a lot of boys who have not been playing and who have shown their faces. People like Hererra, Vitolo or Torreira. It is not easy to join the team and give up, "said the Atlético coach, who referred to João Félix's injury:" It is not easy to play dragging that injury. He cannot play free and at the time he was beaten he had to leave. He no longer played last week and started training on Wednesday, "clarified Simeone, who lamented the fact that Correa had not scored at the end.
" I'm sorry that Correa could not score because he is a footballer who always plays well and What a fight so much that he has deserved to score. Sometimes he gets a bit tired to define, but he is a very important footballer for us. Everything it generates is tremendous, ”he concluded.
“ Two points escape us, although we are still first and we depend on ourselves. We have casualties and we hope that João Félix is just a blow, but there is a great squad, ”Koke told the media with rights.
Fight for Europe
The Madrid international midfielder placed special emphasis on the mental aspect as the key to fighting for him title in the last eight days of the competition. “The title will depend on how strong we are mentally. We have the illusion of wanting to win and we must be very strong in this regard ”, added the Atlético captain.
Manuel Pellegrini has Betis in sixth position and tied on points with Real, fifth. The Chilean is a demanding coach and this was demonstrated in his assessment of the match. “I am not satisfied with the point achieved against Atlético. I think that except for the first 15 minutes we were superior to the leader of the competition. We lacked precision and firmness to take advantage of our chances in the second half, "said the coach of the Verdiblanco team.
" We lacked entering the game with greater concentration, but I liked the personality of my team, which overcame the goal of Athletic. Little by little we overtook him and his goalkeeper saved him in the second half, "said Pellegrini.
" The draw was good against one of the best teams in Europe. The group is aware that we have played a lot in the last days. Competing as we have done, we will be fighting for the European places ", said Tello, the author of the Betis goal.