Simeone: Atletico can make Copa del Rey final

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone believes his side can still make the Copa del Rey final despite losing 2-1 to Barcelona in their semi-final first-leg clash.

The Catalans surged two goals clear thanks to superb strikes from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, before Antoine Griezmann headed home to reduce the lead for the Rojiblancos.

Barcelona take a slender lead into the second leg at the Nou Camp, but despite losing at home, Simeone is convinced Atletico can get past the Blaugrana in the second leg on Tuesday.

"In the second half, we were much closer to how we wanted to be," Simeone said in his post-match interview.

"I'm very happy with the image we showed in the second half, with our intensity and attitude. We leave here with the sensation that if we play like that in the second leg, we can still go through."