Atletico defender, Juanfran is confident his side will emerge victorious in the Madrid derby after the international break, despite the shock loss to Real Sociedad.
The rojiblancos title challenge hit a snag when they fell to a 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad. Second half penalties from Carlos Vela and William Jose will see Atletico adrift of Madrid by six points if they beat Leganes later today.
Atletico have a chance to regroup heading into the international break but Juanfran has already set his sights on the Madrid derby on November 19.
“Atletico Madrid now have more time to plan ahead for this important game,” the 31-year-old Spanish defender said.
“We approach it with our heads held high and I’m sure that at home we’ll win.”
As for the result and performance itself, Juanfran added: “There are no excuses.
“We were aware of the potential that Real [Sociedad] had and they played a good game.
“They were better than us and we must congratulate them. Now we need to think ahead to the next game.”