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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 20 +48 54
2 20 +20 43
3 20 +20 40
4 19 +21 35
5 20 +6 34
6 20 -2 32
7 20 +7 28
8 20 +5 27
9 20 +0 27
10 19 -7 27
11 20 -8 27
12 20 +1 26
13 19 -2 25
14 20 -9 24
15 20 -2 23
16 20 -13 19
17 20 -12 18
18 20 -22 16
19 20 -31 14
20 19 -20 11

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