Diego Simeone says it is now 'natural' for Atletico to win at the Bernabeu
Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, was ruthless in his post-match press conference claiming that it is now 'natural' for his side to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Atleti have now won all their last three visits to the Bernabeu after having not done so for 14 years.
Zinedine Zidane – who succumbed to his first league loss after taking over from Rafael Benitez – and his men went down to an Antoine Greizmann goal in the second half and didn't recuperate fast enough to hit Atleti. Cristiano Ronaldo was visibly frustrated after the game as did most of his teammates who walked off the pitch disgruntled.
Speaking to reporters post the game, Simeone was asked what he thought about the shift in fortunes for the Rojiblanco and he said, "We take it naturally, to be able to win here. Football is marvellous -- it has these things, that from outside are hard to explain and communicate. Football is a game, we will lose some, we lost to them in last year's Champions League to a late goal, having played the same way.
"Atletico keep growing, building towards a better future, with young players who will improve. We played with pride, with hope, and the team gave a great response. Once again, the Atletico Madrid fans can feel proud of their team."
The win has taken Simeone's men four points clear of their cross-city rivals but are still five points behind Barcelona – who have two games to spare. The Catalans take on Sevilla in later tonight and will extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points if they win.
Asked if he's be satisfied with a second placed finish, Simeone said, "It is difficult to see Barcelona losing that many games. Our objective since the start of the season has been to finish in the top three. We always try and be as far up the table as possible. But we are relaxed about it. This is a good moment to see that work, stability, collective effort, the team over individuals, pays off."