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Diego Simeone believes that Barca should have beaten Atletico
By Andrew Scott Tuesday, 13 January 2015 02:33
Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid coach, said that on Sunday, Barca had a well-deserved win in the clash that took place at Camp Nou after dominating in the first half, and sportsbook software services fully agree.
Atletico, defending champions of La Liga, fell four points behind Real Madrid – current leaders – as Barca beat Atletico 3-1.
Barca did not go off the tracks by a chaotic week, as Neymar and Suarez got the team to a lead of two goals prior to half-time
12 minutes inside the game’s second half, Atletico’s Mario Mandzukic diminished the deficit while at the penalty spot prior to Lionel Messi restoring the Catalan giant’s advantage of two goals.
On the counter-attack, Simeone was impressed by Barca’s ability to annul the threats posed by their opponents.
“Barcelona had a great ability in the first half,” said the manager. “Good through game, a lot of speed, great intensity, they recovered the ball quickly when they lost it and wouldn’t let us go on the counter.
“The rival, which is a very great team, had the ability.”
Messi helped Neymar net the game’s opening goal, and Barca kept on dominating the exchanges during the first half, even though Miguel Moya, goalkeeper for Atletico, was ready to derail the hosts.
The Argentine was lucky, as he got off unpunished after what seemed to be a handball, and sportsbook software services saw that in the meeting’s 35th minute he was able to help his side extend the lead that they had, with Suarez scoring.
12 minutes following the break, Atletico tried to properly bounce back, as a penalty was converted by Croatia’s Mandzukic after Jesus Gamez was fouled.
However, the hopes that the visitors had went down the drain when there were just three minutes left, as an Ivan Rakitic cross was converted by the Argentinian star.
“It seems there weren’t many chances to score. There weren’t for either, but they were more decisive,” said the Argentinean boss.
“In the first and third goal they have many rebounds in favour and they end working out very well. The truth is that the first half was hard for us except for the start, in the first two plays, in which the midfielders and the forwards could play with short passes towards the front.
“In the second half we got in the game. We came close to a draw but the play of the third goal closed the match.”