Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone mentioned midweek effort within the Champions League defeat to Chelsea contributed to his aspect’s torpid show in Saturday night’s uneventful goalless La Liga draw at Leganes.
In a scrappy recreation of few clear probabilities, Atletico edged the primary half and got here closest with a Saul Niguez 20-yarder pushed away by house goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar. After the break, Leganes have been on high and visiting goalkeeper Jan Oblak saved twice from substitute Nabil El-Zhar.
The Rojiblanco coach instructed the postgame information convention at Butarque that his workforce may need taken management early on, however as the sport wore on tiredness from their current exertions took a toll.
“After the trouble we made Wednesday the sport was going to be conditioned by the primary 20-25 minutes,” Simeone mentioned. “We had probabilities early on, however they defended very properly with many gamers.
“We made a giant effort towards Chelsea, and it isn’t straightforward to maintain placing in such efforts. We obtained some extent, which is disappointing, however we should preserve working.”
Atletico’s traditional attacking star Antoine Griezmann was substituted halfway by the second half, with full-back Sime Vrsaljko despatched on in a tactical swap which moved Saul up entrance alongside one other sub Fernando Torres.
“I learn the sport the way in which I learn it,” Simeone mentioned. “We wanted extra contemporary legs up entrance. We’ve obtained used to Griezmann all the time fixing issues for us up entrance. When he doesn’t rating it’s clearly tougher. However we have to be nearer to objective, to make probabilities, and this isn’t simply right down to Griezmann.”
Simeone mentioned that contemplating all of the challenges his aspect had confronted not too long ago he was comparatively pleased with how they have been positioned heading into the worldwide break.
“We’ve had quite a lot of video games not too long ago, and tried to rotate and provides folks probabilities,” he mentioned. “They’re people who should preserve working, and it isn’t straightforward to be at 100 % in all video games.
“I’m pleased with the workforce, they preserve combating, regardless of all of the difficulties — many video games away from house, and our new stadium which we nonetheless have to get used to. So we’re going very properly.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based soccer author who covers La Liga and the Spain nationwide workforce for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan