Atlético Madrid fell to Espanyol at home on Sunday, their first home loss in LaLiga at their new stadium. Atlético lost 2-0 after a Stefan Savić own goal and a goal from former Atleti player Léo Baptistão. With two games left in the season, Diego Simeone’s men have secured a Champions League spot but have work to do to keep hold of second place.
After the match, Diego Simeone, José Giménez and Filipe Luís gave their thoughts on the match.
On the match:
“We know that when you play back-to-back like we’ve been doing, a match like this can happen. Unfortunately today, we couldn’t find our style of play nor concentration and read the match to be able to compete well.”
On resting players:
“We have very few players. [Antoine] Griezmann put in a massive effort [on Thursday], Gabi is 34 and [Diego] Godín is 32, what more do you want?
“[Diego] Costa and [Ángel] Correa were both suspended too. We have very few players and we play quite often.
“It’s logical, you have to accept it because it’s part of our journey.”
On Filipe Luís returning from injury:
“He played almost 70 minutes at a high level.
“The important thing is that he doesn’t get injured again, because we have so few players.
“He understood that just 70 minutes in his first game for two months was a fair amount.”
On the upcoming final against Marseille:
“Marseille have a fantastic coach and they are good on the ball.
“Their players are very fast and can cover the ground from their own half into the other.”
On fighting for second place:
“We’re not playing in the league, but we’re fighting for the prestige of finishing second. Finishing second isn’t the same as finishing third, especially in a league that has Barcelona and Real Madrid.”
On the match:
“We wanted to win today and were not once thinking about the final in Lyon.
“We had a positive emotional response after qualifying for the final, which means a lot to us. Today’s match has nothing to do with the final, instead to keep up what we’ve been doing. We have to turn the page and win our upcoming important matches.”
On returning from injury:
“It felt good. At the beginning, since I was injured for so long, it took my legs a while to get into the grove. In the second half, I felt much better.
“These minutes were very important for me because whenever I come back from an injury, the first match back is a process. I’m very happy to have played and felt well on the pitch. I didn’t feel any pain and now it’s important to regain form to be able to help the team.”