Simeone plays down lack of penalties claimFebruary 19, 2018
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has played down the fact his side have received no penalties this season.
Despite the win over Athletic Club, controversy struck when the referee missed a clear foul from Unai Nunez on Diego Costa, seeing Atleti fail to win a penalty, something they have not had – all season.
“I don’t like talking about this as the more it is mentioned, it will become worse of the officials,” Simeone told reporters after the game.
“They will arrive at our games thinking about that stat, with people telling them and informing them and if that’s the case, the less likely they will reward us with anything.”
After a lacklustre first half which saw Costa’s penalty appeal waived away by officials, the game burst into life during the second period.
Former Chelsea striker Costa had a couple of chances to open the scoring in the early stages of the second half, volleying straight at Kepa and heading over the bar.
Kevin Gameiro, on for Koke to provide a more attacking threat, opened the scoring for the side. A quick free kick from Saul was met by Angel Correa, who gave the ball back to his partner in midfield; Saul then found Griezmann who passed the ball wide to his compatriot whose shot found Kepa’s far corner to make it 1-0.
It was all Atleti from there and after chances from Thomas and Godin went over the bar, Los Colchoneros secured the win when a long ball from Gameiro found a wide open Diego Costa, who coolly slotted the ball past Kepa to make it 2-0.
Following the victory, Atleti maintain their nine-point advantage over Valencia in second place, however are trailing leaders, Barcelona by seven points.
Athletic sit in 14th place on 28 points, and will be hoping that a win against struggling Malaga at San Mamés next Sunday will put an end to their current run of bad form.