Simeone demands Atletico Madrid reaction in UCL after Mallorca defeat
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has backed his side to react following their 2-1 shock defeat against Mallorca on Saturday.
Los Rojiblancos finish the weekend in the fourth spot in La Liga after the 2-1 loss at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday, ahead of a crucial midweek Champions League trip toPorto
and a derby againstReal Madrid
Despite facing a crucial run of games in the coming days,
has urged his players to respond when they face Porto in the Champions League.
"I have no doubt that surely this type of blows generates a reaction and we hope to find it on Tuesday,"
he told a news conference
"I absolutely don't think [it distracted the players]. Specific situations couldn't be controlled. Two shots, two goals is what happened."
had taken the lead viaMatheus Cunha
, butFranco Russo
leveled beforeTakefusa Kubo
, on loan from Atletico rivals Real Madrid, scored in injury time.
believes the club's squad have enough experience to know how to recover quickly from the setback.
"We have to analyze it and improve many things. When we look at it coldly, we'll see what we have to improve,"
"We are older and we have the personality and character and we are international players who have lived through difficult times. We know that with work and more work we will get ahead."
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