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‘It reminds me of the team we had with Costa…they criticized us then!’: Diego Simeone brazenly digs at rivals Real Madrid after beating Atletico in the first derby of the season by ‘defending low and the counterattack’
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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone praised the performance of his city rivals Real Madrid in their 2-1 win over his side on Sunday, brutally comparing their style to an Atletico team of the past.
Real Madrid took six out of six wins in LaLiga after goals from Rodrygo and Federico Valverde saw Carlo Ancelotti’s side win a fiery derby at the Metropolitano Stadium.
The home side closed the game with ten men after goalscorer Mario Hermoso was shown red in injury time after being shown two yellow cards in the final two minutes of the game.
Diego Simeone compared the current Real Madrid team to his team in 2013-14 led by Diego Costa
Diego Costa led the line for Atletico during their 2013-14 LaLiga winning title season
The game saw a first start to the season for Antoine Griezmann as Atletico neared an agreement with Barcelona for the striker’s permanent transfer.
Simeone thought that the presence of the Frenchman gave the team a lot of energy, but was also impressed by the play of his opponents. So much so, that in a cunning dig at his city rivals, he compared them to Atlético’s side, including Diego Costa – a side that was frowned upon by the Real Madrid camp at the time.
According to marca the Argentinian said: ‘We understood that Antoine [Griezmann] could come and play from the start. As a second striker, he gave us a lot of energy to play on the wing with two attackers in the second half.
Simeone embraces Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti in Real’s 2-1 derby win over Atletico
Antoine Griezmann started for the first time this season but could not prevent a derby defeat
“I feel like I didn’t lose most of the game despite (the) result. Their strength is beautiful to see, a team that defends in a low block, and counterattacks.
“It reminds me of the team we had with Diego Costa when they criticized us then!”
Costa was part of Atletico’s LaLiga winning side from 2013-14, in a season in which the striker scored a derby winner against Real Madrid as they won the title.
Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr opened the scoring together in Real’s 2-1 win over their city rivals
Despite the loss, the 52-year-old was pleased with his team’s performance but found the lack of intensity, which will always be penalized against a team like Real Madrid.
He added: “The players have given everything, they have given themselves to the game. [Real] produced a very good direct play, quick transition from defense to attack, strength, well drilled defensively. They played well and took advantage of their chances… It’s a great job from the Madrid coach.
“They counterattack with considerable speed beyond the talent they have. But I think we have always tried not to leave the game and in the second half we improved our intensity. When Cunha and Morata came, they gave some more life. But if you don’t have intensity against Madrid…’
The win saw Real Madrid jump Barcelona to the top of the table and maintain their one hundred percent start to the season.