Previous
Watford
West Ham United
2
0
FT
Game Details
Espanyol
Valencia
0
2
FT
Game Details
Athletic Bilbao
Villarreal
1
1
FT
Game Details
Schalke 04
Hamburg SV
2
0
FT
Game Details
Sampdoria
Juventus
3
2
FT
Game Details
Internazionale
Atalanta
2
0
FT
Game Details
Bordeaux
Marseille
1
1
FT
Game Details
Santos
América
0
0
LIVE 16'
Game Details
Next
Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid
Real MadridReal Madrid
0
0
FT
Game Details

Ghanaian focus on Partey ahead of Madrid derby

Football
Read
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Atletico Madrid ready to challenge again - Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone said Atletico Madrid found it 'very difficult' after winning the title in 2013-14.

Diego Simeone says Atletico Madrid struggled after their 2014 La Liga success but feels his new-look side is now "ready to go again."

Atletico became the first side since Valencia in 2003-04 to break Barcelona and Real Madrid's duopoly on the Spanish league title when a side heavily reliant on the goals of Diego Costa topped the table in 2013-14.

Simeone saw Costa, Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and David Villa depart after their 2014 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, and Atletico then finished 16 points behind Barca in La Liga in 2014-15 and exited both the Champions League and Copa del Rey at the quarterfinal stage.

Despite selling Arda Turan and Mario Mandzukic this summer and enduring a slow start to the season, Atletico are showing signs of a revival as they approach Friday's game at Deportivo La Coruna on a run of three successive wins in all competitions.

"It was very difficult for us the year after winning the championship, very tough," Simeone told a news conference on Thursday. "It was a hard season but we coped well and showed a good level."

"Now we have a new 'litter' of young players who have good qualities, but this doesn't mean anything. We know that each game you start again and at Atletico you are valued by what you are going to do and not what you did.

"We are ready to go again and we have an important responsibility in the league for what we have achieved."

Angel Correa and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco are among the players making an impact for Atletico, who are currently third in La Liga, two points behind Barca and Real.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.