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COPA DEL REY | ATLÉTICO MADRID 0-2 REAL MADRID

Simeone: "In the second half we played how I wanted us to play"

"We experienced certain incidents that meant we were fighting against the tide, such as the two deflected goals at the Bernabéu."

Juan Casáñez
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Simeone looks on helplessly as Atlético exit the Copa del Rey.

What are the team's spirits like at the moment?

You can never be happy after being knocked out of a tournament, and the squad are not happy. Last year we won the Cup and this year we got to the semi-finals. We could have done a few things better, but at least we competed.

Did you have little belief in pulling off a comeback? Your starting line-up suggested you didn't...

Whenever I play my strongest team the press say I should give the others a chance. Make your minds up.

Did the team commit uncharacteristic errors?

No. We experienced certain incidents that meant we were fighting against the tide, such as the two deflected goals at the Bernabéu, because there were few chances in that game. Neither goalkeeper touched the ball much over the the two legs. Those incidents, plus the two penalties we gave away, have put us out of the tournament.

What was the game plan?

You can't go into a game like this with the aim of scoring four goals immediately. By fielding Koke, Sosa, Mario and Cebolla our aim was to try and win the ball back and play football, with Manquillo and Insua helping on the wing. But things didn't go as I'd planned. I was happy with the way we reacted in the second half, it's not easy to play as we did after everything that had happened. As a coach I can take many positives from that, and I am proud of the fact that in the second half we played how I wanted us to play.

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