By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Madrid-based side made short work of Sevilla, going three goals up by half-time. They were helped by Federico Fazio's dismissal in the 20th minute but were largely dominant in the home win with the goals being scored by Radamel Falcao, Arda Turan and Koke with a fourth added in the 92nd minute by Miranda.
Simeone has now seen his side pick up 34 points, which is three points shy of La Liga leaders Barcelona. The Argentinean hailed the efforts of his player in the weekend fixture as well as their first 13 games in the league and expressed his hope that they would continue to remain the second-best side in Spain over the season.
"We had a good game. Our aim was to win and in the first-half we were very strong. Sevilla had no chances in the first-half," he analysed the match in the post-match press conference.
"I'm excited with what the players have done. Thirteen games, with eleven wins, one draw and one defeat, is a credit to the players.
"I'm really satisfied with what they're doing and I hope they can continue to compete well."
A source of disagreement between the two managers in the dugout had been the dismissal of Fazio with Sevilla coach Michel declaring afterwards that the sending-off "decided the game".
Simeone disagreed as he explained, "I don't think that was the case. Atlético were stronger. More forceful."
And the 42-year-old has just under a week left until his side play the first local derby against Real Madrid. They have to first play Real Jaen over the week for their Copa del Rey round of 32 clash but Simeone promised to gear his side in the most formidable fashion possible for the highly-anticipated match between the two sides from the capital.
"After the game on Wednesday, we will have a little time to ahead of an important and beautiful game and we intend to get there in the best possible way," he commented.
Even Michel tipped Atletico to be title contenders over the season after he was left impressed with how Los Colchoneros dismantled his side at the Vicente Calderon.
"Atlético are a top of the table team. They now have the strength of the big teams," he said.
"They're fighting with Barcelona and already have a distance over Real Madrid. The difference between the great teams and the rest is strength and punch. Atlético have both."