Simeone wants further improvement, despite 3-0 Celta victoryMarch 12, 2018
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone wants further improvement side, despite seeing them beat Celta Vigo 3-0 at the weekend.
Atleti got back to winning ways as they brushed aside a lacklustre Celta Vigo to keep the gap to La Liga leaders Barca to eight points after goals from Griezmann, Vitolo and Angel Correa.
It has now been seven games in all competitions since the Wanda Metropolitano last saw their side concede and the victory maintains the seven point lead over third place rivals Real Madrid.
Simeone was left ruing his side after they lost to Barca last weekend, and although his side returned to form this weekend; he has told them to further improve.
“We still need to improve on of a lot of things, but we’re taking it game by game,” the Coach said after the match.
“We’ll try to keep going like this. Now it’s time for us to travel to Russia, where we’re faced with a complicated trip, and then Villarreal…
“I hope we still have a chance [of the title] with five games left. After that, we can talk about something else.”
The Argentine coach then issued praise on Griezmann, Vitolo and Jose Gimenez in particular for their performances.
“Griezmann? I always have to talk about reality, not assumptions, and the reality is that today he’s with us and plays fantastically well.
“He has a connection with very good bunch of fans. He scored a great goal, gave a fantastic pass for the second and worked for the team.
“Vitolo? He’s growing, and what we’re left with is everyone participating. I’m trying to get them all playing their best football so that they can perform whenever they’re needed.
“Oblak not taking goal kicks in the second half? I think Gimenez was able to hit them a little harder.
“Didn’t you see the bombs that he kicked? I imagine he had some discomfort, so I didn’t want to risk him. That’s why Gimenez took the goal kicks.”
Simeone and his side travel to Russia on Thursday to face Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League, where they will head into the game with a 3-0 first leg lead.
Barca, who lead the league standings, beat Malaga 2-0 at La Rosaleda thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho in a game which did not feature Lionel Messi after he welcomed the arrival of his third child on Friday evening.