Simeone Lauds Atletico’s Performance

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Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone has praised his team’s performance in the second half against Barcelona.

Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, putting Barcelona ahead by halftime. Angel Correa then scored the equaliser in the second half.

Simeone was pleased with what his team produced after the break as they left with a well-earned point.

“For us, it is always difficult to draw anything positive from Camp Nou,” he told a news conference.

“In the first half, we defended well, but we could not counter-attack. The goal in the second half made us react.

“In the second half we are much more dangerous. After the draw, we waited for our opportunity with the players that we had to play the spaces.”

Simeone also talked up the display of midfielder Thomas Partey, who came on with 17 minutes remaining.

“He gave us power in the midfield to counter better in the last few minutes with [Fernando] Torres, [Antoine] Griezmann and Correa.”

The result sees Atletico sitting fourth in the table, four points adrift of league leaders and city rivals Real Madrid.

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