POOR ATLETICO FORM IS 'NO SURPRISE' TO SIMEONE
Los Rojiblancos have lost back-to-back games,
but head coach Diego Simeone says he is not
concerned by the results.
Atletico Madrid's disappointing week is "not a
complete surprise" to head coach Diego
Atletico were beaten 1-0 by surprise early La
Liga leaders Villarreal last Saturday before
suffering a 2-1 home defeat to Benfica in the
The 2014 champions head into Sunday's derby
with Real Madrid with a four-point gap to the top
of the table, but Simeone has insisted he fully
expected a difficult opening to the season.
"We have to see the positive things from the
last two games we've lost and correct the
negatives. We're always thinking of the positive
things," he said on Saturday.
"We create quite a few chances and that's not
easy, especially in the Champions League.
"Nothing of what's happening to us is a
complete surprise to me. We knew the first 10
games of the season would be tough, with
difficult opponents home and away, plus we
have a lot of young lads who we need to
incorporate into the team in the best way
"We're working very well. In that regard, the
team is doing very well and we finish games
better than our opponents."
Jackson Martinez has struggled for form since
his move to Atletico from Porto during the
transfer window, but Simeone would not confirm
whether the Colombia striker or Fernando
Torres would start on Sunday.
"They trained very well and that's very good,"
he continued. "That's good for the team.
Whoever players, although they have their own
characteristics, will do well for the team."
Simeone went on to praise the impact of Rafael
Benitez at Real Madrid this season, especially
in improving their defensive record.
"They've still got the same line of attacking
power, they're trying to protect themselves with
greater defensive work, especially out wide," he
"That's given them fewer goals against, an
important factor for any team that wants to win.
We'll try to be alert to counter whoever plays in
"In his history as a coach, Benitez has always
worked in the same way. At Valencia, Liverpool
- he has inherent characteristics, to have teams
that work, are balanced and have a good
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