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Atletico needed win at Celta, says Simeone

22 październik 2017 19:16

Diego Simeone hailed a much-needed victory over Celta Vigo after Atletico Madrid's four-game winless run in all competitions was ended on Sunday.

While Atleti are unbeaten in LaLiga, a Champions League reverse against Chelsea and consecutive draws against Leganes, Barcelona and Qarabag had threatened to give their season a rather concerning complexion.

But Kevin Gameiro, returning to the starting line-up after injury, netted in Vigo to hand Atleti the hard-fought three points that their poor form demanded, as Simeone acknowledged.

"This victory is very important because it was needed," he said. "It leaves us in a good moment.

"It was a long wait for a victory - that's why we worked as we worked. The important thing is that we proved to know how to suffer and we do not care what we must do to get a result.

"We faced a team that was scoring in every game. The victory is good."

Atleti have another eight games between the Celta clash and the end of November - including a Madrid derby and two key European fixtures - and Simeone is now hopeful his team can kick on.

"We hope that this will free us in the face of what is coming," he added. "It is a complex week [with matches against Elche and Villarreal] in which we will look at how we can be the best possible.

"We needed this victory. There are teams that have that need and today Atletico did."

Primera Division tabela

# Drużyna RS RB P
1 12 +29 34
2 12 +21 30
3 12 +13 24
4 12 +10 24
5 12 +2 22
6 12 +7 21
7 12 +3 18
8 11 +1 17
9 12 -2 17
10 12 +5 16
11 12 -3 16
12 12 -1 15
13 12 +4 14
14 12 -6 13
15 12 -4 12
16 12 -8 11
17 11 -19 8
18 12 -16 7
19 12 -14 6
20 12 -22 6

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