Simeone happy with second-half showing

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was happy that his side managed to deliver the goods with a solitary goal in the second half against a resilient Granada on Sunday.

Football News: Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Granada worked really hard to match the pace and attacking intensity of the side from the capital at Nuevo Los Cármenes. Following the end of the game, the team were also applauded by the home crowd for the spirit that they displayed against their illustrious opponents.

Atletico were ahead after Arda Turan scored a half-volley at the far post on the hour-mark.

But they were concerned that they would have to settle for a draw as Mario Suarez's sending-off in the 70th minute made it increasingly likely that the Granadians would level the scores.

Luckily, the Argentinean saw his team produce a professional performance in the second half to ensure the three points on the night.

"They've not had luck finishing all they've created," Simeone confessed after the match. "[In the first half], there was one superior team and that team was Granada CF. They created difficulties for us, especially down the left."

"The reaction in the second-half was a step forward as a team.

"The way they worked, understanding different situations [and] seizing the moment helped secure three very important points.

"With the presence of Costa we created more chances after the break and the quality of players like Arda and Koke helped win the game."

Granada were understandably unhappy at not having anything to show despite all their efforts. Anquela, the coach, chose to remind his players that mistakes should always be minimised when playing a side of Atletico's calibre although he was happy with their eventual performance.

"These teams do not forgive you and are at the top by their own merits. We can't play two halves of the same intensity, strength and quality against a team like Atlético.

"I'm happy with the intensity and the desire but it's a shame to go into the changing room and see them with their heads down.

"I'll take what the fans have given the team. They've supported us and applauded us. They're incredible."

Atletico next face Sevilla while Granada face Real Valladolid in their upcoming La Liga matches.



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