Atletico Madrid lost 3-0 to Real Madrid and Diego Simeone admits the loss hurts, but does not see any reason to panic.
The Madrid derby ended on a sour note for Atleti, as a Ronaldo hat trick condemned them to their third straight loss. Real Madrid are four points clear at the top, with rojiblancos nine points off the summit.
Simeone, however, maintains that they must assess their problems with a cool head after the disappointment of the defeat has somewhat abated.
Asked if Atleti are looking more fragile, he told a press conference: “It depends how you look at it. The defence wasn’t fragile in the first 20 minutes of the second half.
“The first goal was a goal that went in off the wall. You have to look at everything from a calm perspective. Of course we have to look for some solutions.
“The result is what it is. In the first half, they were better, and we were better in the first 20 minutes of the second half. The penalty ended any hope we had of getting into the game.
“All the games are different. Losing bothers me, there’s nothing more to it. It’s not good. There were several collective errors that lead to the defeat.
“They [Madrid] played as they always do, except that this time Cristiano Ronaldo was up top. They didn’t change the system much, but they played and pressed well.
“I’m hurting for everyone.”