REAL MADRID 2-0 ATLÉTICO

Simeone assumes the blame for Atlético's derby defeat

Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone took responsibility for Saturday's derby defeat to Real Madrid, "I got my tactics wrong," admitted the coach.

Simeone takes blame for Atletico's derby defeat

Diego Simeone acknowledged that he was blame for Atlético's defeat to Real Madrid in Saturday's derby. Atleti's 26-game unbeaten run in LaLiga was ended after Casemiro's header and Jan Oblak's unfortunate own goal at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano.

Simeone accepted responsibility for the loss, although his side remain top of the table. "The coach was wrong in his approach and in the search for the match," he told Movistar+. "He tried to intervene to improve what he was seeing."

Atleti pose little threat

Atlético failed to register a single shot in the first half of a LaLiga game for only the second time under Simeone. El Cholo said Madrid deserved praise for a performance that moved them to within three points of the leaders, who have also played one less game. "The lads have been making a huge effort, the team had not lost for a long time and one day it would happen," he said. "When your rivals are superior we must congratulate them. We wet into the game after making a great effort in the Champions League and something could turn everyone's head throughout the game."

Cup clash

Atleti face Cardassar in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday before hosting Elche in LaLiga three days later.