Atletico Madrid highlighted their title credentials by winning over competent rival, pulling away from Real Madrid and Barcelona, and proving that they can control and lead the pack.
Diego Simeone will have been pleased with his team’s performance, with Atletico showing determination to have another clean sheet while being clinical when opportunities in the final third arose.
However, Sevilla coach, Julen Lopetegui will have been frustrated. His team, despite playing in shape, were caught out twice by their hosts.
“The assessment is logically negative because we lost,” Lopetegui informed in post-game. “We wanted to win and I think we played a good game, but one thing that they’re the best in the world at is that they manage the areas so well.
“They convince players of a great level to spend a lot of time in their half and then they are good in the opposite. We have had more chances than them but we have not succeeded and they have. Once they get ahead it’s very complex.
“We started the second half well, but then they scored with a quick transition. We had clear chances, but it wasn’t possible [to come back]. We are said because the boys deserved more.”
The defeat carries Sevilla sixth, equal on points with fifth-placed Real Sociedad but with two games in hand on them and two points behind fourth-placed Villarreal, on whom they have a game in hand.
Sevilla will play Leganes in the Copa del Rey on Saturday before taking the tour to Alaves in La Liga the next Tuesday.