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Simeone: Our reaction gave us victory

Atletico Madrid may have fallen behind against Monaco on Tuesday night, but they fought back to win 2-1 and this pleased Diego Simeone greatly.

The Argentine, who had to watch from the stands due to his touchline ban, was thrilled by his side’s winning mentality.

“It was tough and the state of the pitch didn’t make it easy for anyone,” Simeone said after the match.

“It was made more difficult by their goal, but then came the reaction and this was the most important.

“It was a good match from the centre-backs, from Koke, from Angel Correa and the link between [Antoine] Griezmann and [Diego] Costa allowed us to go for the game.

Griezmann had been in the headlines recently for saying he considers himself on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s level, something which Sergio Ramos took issue with, and Simeone was asked about the Real Madrid captain’s response.

“We just need to work on improving the team, on getting those who have just arrived better,” Simeone said, swerving the question somewhat.

“Griezmann is growing with each match.

“We came from a difficult game against Eibar and he appeared at important moments and was decisive near the penalty area.

“He had a great game.

“Asked about the fact that Thomas Lemar, who joined from Monaco in the summer, was left on the bench, Simeone explained his decision.

“Correa has been with us four years and is more aware of what the team needs,” Simeone said, with the Argentine having started ahead of the Frenchman.

“I thought he could do damage today because that full-back was improvised.

“Lemar is very important future and it’ll depend on him to earn a spot in the team, something which will be difficult.”

The next match for Atletico is a trip to Getafe in LaLiga Santander on Saturday.

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