By FOX Sports Staff
The away side were dominant for much of the first half and repeatedly threatened Thibaut Courtois' goal. Jonas scored the opener for them in the fifth minute but luckily for the home fans, Radamel Falcao was there to equalise after some good work by Arda Turan.
The scores stayed the same for the rest of the game and therefore Simeone's side missed the chance to go closer to league leaders Barcelona, especially after the Catalan side's draw against Celta Vigo earlier in the weekend.
Nevertheless, the Argentinean was happy with a share of the spoils and was also left impressed by Valencia's performance. Los Che have been surprisingly poor this season and could fail to secure qualification to the Champions League for the coming season but they have arguably been the better side in their two matches against Atletico this season.
"In the first half, Valencia played really well. They have a good enough squad to stay in the running for a Champions League finish," Simeone told the post-match press conference.
"They have competed in the Champions League while we were in the Europa League. They have possibly one of the best squads in Spain after Real Madrid and Barcelona.
"It's always important to pick up points and we maintained our gap with Valencia. If we did not win, at least we secured a draw.
"I don't think the score would have been any different as it was an intensive and evenly-fought match and it was a fair result in the end.
"My players did a good job, noone can claim a lack of effort or commitment on their part."
Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde also agreed with his counterpart's assessment of the game and outlined that it was always going to be difficult to score in the second half against a team outmatched on their home turf.
"We were better in the first half. We controlled the game. So going into the break at 1-1 made us think they were going to put more pressure on us in the second," he said.
"We had to limit ourselves in the centre because of their pressure.
"They got the draw as we couldn't make the most out of situations when our rivals were pushing forward and leaving spaces at the back. They have a swift counter-attack and the pressure they put on us in the second half was predictable."
Following the game, Los Che remain in sixth and are two points behind fourth-placed Malaga.