Simeone: We deserved to beat Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has hailed his side’s performance in the Madrid derby.

Atletico won the tie 3-1, and Simeone has said it was well deserved.

He said: “Good, happy. The team played a good game. With 2-0 we went back too much, we gave them many opportunities to play where they are best. They had many chances, although they were missing Joselu. They created that difficulty for us with the 2-1.

“We talked at half-time that if we continued like this, we had a good chance of losing. We had to play, look for the far post because they have difficulty closing and that’s how Morata made it 3-1.

“We tell them the same thing as always, but some days they are better. Today they were very good. There was a very strong communion, a stadium that accompanied and was felt.

“Throughout my time we have had great footballers who have represented these types of situations with actions. Griezmann has no difficulty in going back, in suffering, in playing the game he plays. That is why he is one of the most important players on the team, also for Lino, Riquelme, the young people… That we can copy the good things.”