Cape Town - Despite his side's late comeback, Atletico coach Diego Simeone
lamented not having claimed a third consecutive derby win over Real Madrid in the
league as his side rebounded from back-to-back defeats against Villarreal and
"In the second-half we had a lot more chances. We equalised
and then their keeper made a great save at the end," said Simeone.
"The sensation is that we have lost two points and that we
were very close to winning a game that on chances we deserved to win."
Simeone's substitutions worked a treat as Vietto, Martinez and
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco all made their biggest impact since joining the club
A point leaves Atletico still two adrift of Madrid and Barcelona,
but Simeone is content with their return from a difficult start to the campaign
"We are still looking for the right balance, but we have
played seven games and I think the 13 points we have is not bad.
"We've played Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and Villarreal both
away. I think it is an important point but the feeling is that we could have
And the man who masterminded Atletico's amazing title triumph in
2013/14 hailed the competitive start to the season that sees Villarreal and
Celta Vigo upsetting Madrid and Barcelona's applecart.
"Villarreal are having a great season. The injuries are
playing an important part too. Barca aren't the same without Messi or Iniesta,
Real Madrid miss James (Rodriguez) or Danilo, we miss Koke.
"We are all competing and at least it is more entertaining for
everyone like this."