Real Madrid has best squad in Europe: Simeone

Desiree Steele
April 9, 2018

He was sent off in Atletico's LaLiga opener against Girona before enduring an eight-game run without a goal, his longest dry spell for the club since arriving from Real Sociedad in July 2014.

"He did not start the season well, he knows that".

Atletico Madrid is competing in the UEFA Europa League, where they beat Sporting CP 2-0 on Thursday at Wand Metropolitano Stadium in the first leg of the competition's quarter-final.

"I'm happy with the match and how we performed because we clearly deserved more".

Zinedine Zidane's side had the better of the first half and were close to a 10th-minute breakthrough as Ronaldo was unable to get a telling touch to Gareth Bale's flick-on.

"When they scored we responded immediately, and we saw a game we could win with Koke and [Angel] Correa".

"There are seven games left, football can change quickly, lots of points still to play for".

Atleti are now unbeaten in five top-flight trips across town and remain four points ahead of their neighbours in second.

Growing claims over recent weeks have suggested a deal has already been agreed to take Griezmann to Barcelona, but in an interview aired on French television on Sunday, the player stated that such reports "were not good information".

The Madrid derby between Real and Atletico wasn't quite the cracker we were hoping for but it did feature the sexiest touch of the season from Marcelo. "It was a shame we didn't get more from it but we could have even lost the game at the end".

Previous year he said that there was "a six in ten chance" he would move to Manchester United only to sign a contract extension with Atletico.

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