Simeone disappointed with draw

Despite coming from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw against rivals Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone still feels like his side dropped points on Sunday.

Real took an early first-half lead through Karim Benzema after dominating the opening exchanges. However, Atletico fought their way back into the game, creating several good chances before going level through Luciano Vietto.

Antoine Griezmann had a penalty saved by Los Blancos goalkeeper Kaylor Navas in the first half, and Simeone is convinced his team deserved more than a single point on the balance of play over the whole game.

"The feeling is that we lost two points," he said after the game. "We had more chances than Real Madrid.

"In the first half the team had two important chances – one for Angel Correa and the penalty. I do not think they have created scoring chances in the first half. It's an important point but the game was there to win."

The draw, coupled with Barcelona losing 2-1 to Sevilla on Saturday sees the unlikely Villareal go top of La Liga and Simeone praised their early season form, but conceded injuries have played a significant part in the big teams dropping points.

"Villarreal are doing a very good season. Injuries are playing an important role. Teams are not the same without their best players," he explained.

"We have Koke out, Barcelona are missing Messi and Iniesta, Real James [Rodriguez] and Danilo. We must adapt. At least this year is more entertaining."