CEST Diego Simeone had no complaints after watching his Atletico Madrid side go down to their first defeat of the season against Barcelona on Saturday night. “Messi determined things when he was on the pitch,” Simeone said of his fellow Argentine. “He is a player used to breaking open games.” 12/09/2015 Upd. at 23:44 Second half goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi helped Barça come from behing to extend their 100 percent start to the campaign, ending Atletico’s in the process. Ultimately, though, the three points were settled by Messi’s second half cameo — he started on the bench after a busy week which included games with Argentina and the birth of his second son. Speaking in a press conference after the game, Simeone admitted Barça were worthy winners. Sport EN “They dominated the game in all facets of play,” he said. “We did not play well at all. We weren’t able to control the ball or the space, we didn’t press well and we were not good with the ball. Barça played very well.” Finally, on Fernando Torres, who had put Atletico ahead in the second half, Simeone added: “He pressed well from the front and tried to take the pressure of others. Plus his goal was great, it will make him stronger.
August 6, 2020