Simeone: "The team does not have defensive strength"

Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Simeone regretted the 2-1 defeat against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup, noting that "the team does not have defensive strength in the air game."

"We can not hide it, the team does not have defensive strength in the air game, that takes away the opportunity to have better opportunities in the games and to be higher in the table (league) or here it takes us out of the competition," he said. Simeone at a press conference.

Despite the fact that Atlético took the lead on the scoreboard, Athletic came back taking advantage of set pieces.

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"After the 1-0 came the opportunity for Renan Lodi, then Carrasco's play came, which we were able to solve better, and then with the changes, a little more offensive vitality appeared with the need to tie the game," explained Simeone.

“We couldn't defend in the best way, until the corners and the goals came. We did not know how to defend, congratulations to the rival and we to work, "added the rojiblanco coach.

"We are at a time when we have to improve in training, improve day by day," said Simeone, who, however, was satisfied with his players.

"In general, a good job was done, the game went where we wanted with an orderly work as a team, it is true that in the end the result looks worse," he said.

AFP

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