There are no similarities with Atletico’s title-winners
The joy brought by Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Barcelona could not be concealed by Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, although he denied the idea of that he could see similarities with his 2013-14 title-winning side.
Atleti displayed a fantastic performance at the Wanda Metropolitano to defeat Koeman’s disappointing Barca and place themselves in second just behind Real Sociedad.
This win boost Atletico’s unbeaten run in LaLiga to 24 games and widen the gap
Between themselves and Barcelona to nine points.
With poor performance of defending champions Real Madrid, Atletico is everyone’s favorite for the title. They haven’t won the title since 2013-14.
Simeone was asked whether he saw similarities with his title-winning team in 2013-14, he responded: "No, I don't see them."
"We are working better on the pitch, we are being more complicit to share what the team needs and we see it.
"We need everyone. Felipe, who played much more continuously last season; Renan Lodi, who will surely be important; [Geoffrey] Kondogbia enters little by little; Saul [Niguez] is finding his best form; [Angel] Correa is showing extraordinary growth, not to mention Joao Felix or [Diego] Costa's enthusiasm when he came on.
"The group generates enthusiasm for me, because I see them wanting to look for important things, game by game."
The win put an end to 20 consecutive LaLiga matches without victory against Barcelona. But Simeone dismissed the significance of this victory.
"Football is game by game," he said. "Sometimes we have to win and sometimes we have to lose, in the previous games [against Barca] we had always been close to winning, aside from in the Supercopa in Saudi Arabia.
"Today we won, that does not change the plan of what is sought. I'm very happy with the team's effort." "Today we won, that does not change the plan of what is sought. I'm very happy with the team's effort."