Diego Simeone insists Atletico Madrid are focusing only on themselves and not at the gap to Los Angeles Liga leaders Barcelona or their benefit over 3rd-positioned Valencia.
Atletico moved, no less than briefly, inside of 8 points of Barca and 6 away from Valencia with a three-ZERO win over Las Palmas on Sunday.
Goals from Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres effectively secured a primary win in four games in all competitions, sooner than Thomas Partey introduced overdue gloss to the scoreline.
However asked whether Atletico are looking up at Barca or down at Valencia, Simeone replied: “Barcelona is way ahead. The Most Productive factor is to appear at ourselves. It relies on us, having gained lately and completing the season well.”
Diego Costa, who overlooked both legs of the Copa del Rey defeat to Sevilla with a hamstring factor, was once once more out of the squad and Kevin Gameiro was unavailable due to illness.
“It used to be not an easy game for the start, for the circumstances, and the absence of Gameiro and Costa,” Simeone delivered.
“The staff resolved once more a difficult second. that is what i am taking from these days’s recreation. we’re coming back from an overly hard blow going out of the Copa del Rey.
“we’re rebuilding continually, shall we no longer sign closing summer time due to a transfer ban, now we’ve needed to allow some avid gamers depart this January. It has been like that all 12 months.”
Griezmann credited Simeone for Atletico’s 3-objective second half, the hosts having been largely unconvincing within the commencing FORTY FIVE mins.
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“The Primary part used to be now not so just right, but the teach Simeone knew what to say at the holiday,” he said.
“We reacted, pressuring up high, and had many possibilities. We scored three targets, and didn’t concede any. So it used to be very best.”