Atletico Madrid kept their grip on second spot in LaLiga with a 1-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna, leading Diego Simeone to suggest that the fact his team can repeatedly win by that scoreline is a virtue.
Kevin Gameiro’s penalty kick was the difference between the two teams, although there were moments where the visitors tested Los Colchoneros.
“It’s true that we’ve won a lot of matches 1-0, but it’s a virtue,” he explained in his post-match press conference.
“We had difficulties with suspended players, but we responded with the result.
“The first half was better than the second.
“On other occasions we’ve faced a team fighting relegation and failed to close the result.”
Lucas Hernandez produced a fantastic piece of defending in the second half as Deportivo counter-attacked, a contribution which was noted by Simeone.
“It was similar to the one [Stefan] Savic did against [Cedric] Bakambu,” he stated.
“Lucas is a physical prodigy, with a great ability for spectacular actions.
“He’s in a very good moment right now, he’s developing and learning, he’s crucial to us.”
Barcelona’s ability to save a point on Saturday evening illustrated their title credentials, and the former River Plate coach is merely focusing on what his team can do.
“We’re putting together a very strong season in LaLiga,” he said.
“You saw 60 minutes of Barcelona without Lionel Messi, and then you saw the difference with him.
“We have to keep looking forward and improving on our numbers from last season, we’ll see what happens.”
Next up in the league is a Madrid derby, which takes place next Sunday.