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Simeone: "The group thinking is the best we have"

The Atletico coach analysed Atletico Madrid’s performance in the Martinez Valero and said that it is an "important victory against a tough opponent."

Diego Pablo Simeone noted in his appearance before the media the most important moments of a match that ended with a rojiblaca victory. "In the first half we did pretty well, in the minutes before we reached the break we found the best chances to hurt them but they came back with two or three dangerous counterattacks. In the changing room we talked with the players and try to understand that the way we had to play was with strength. We needed to generate more danger on the wings. The game changed with the input of Raul Garcia and Adrian who brought us two strokes of genius at an important time" The coach also acknowledged that it is "an important victory against a tough opponent."

On the opponent he commented that "Elche is a team that works well in a group, having a clear concept that looks to play and all teams playing in this way have a great chance. Today's meeting was very complicated." He also wished ilicitano luck in the remainder of the season: "I hope he can keep this block because they are always competitive, I wish him well."

The Argentine coach will not look beyond the next game and said "we are realistic with this we know that we depend on huge teamwork. I see it's a good time for the fans of Atletico Madrid, but we have to isolate this, the only reality we have is the next game."

Finally , Simeone stressed to the media that "the best we have is group thinking, that generates an internal competition and makes us able to compete. Raúl García and Adrián came off the bench and changed the game. This is essential for the team, because we need this type of situation. We are hoping that Mario, a very important player for us, recovers and we will come in handy in the most important part of the season," he said.