Simeone is happy with Morata even after defeat

SEVILLE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 03: Juanfran Torres of Club Atletico de Madrid (L) competes for the ball with Francisco Javier Guerrero
SEVILLE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 03: Juanfran Torres of Club Atletico de Madrid (L) competes for the ball with Francisco Javier Guerrero "Francis" of Real Betis Balompie (R) during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 03, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid was defeated by Real Betis 1-0 today in Spanish La Liga tournament Sunday action.

A single goal by Real Betis’ Sergio Canales was enough to defeat Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga tournament.

With this, the Colchoneros are now six points behind leaders.

Atletico keeps the second position but is just now five points ahead of Real Madrid who is yet to play this Matchday.

Los Merengues will play against Alaves in a few minutes to close today’s fixture.

Atletico has now 12 wins in 22 matches, eight draws, and only two defeats.

And for manager Diego Simeone, the only positive thing that happened today was the debut of Alvaro Morata.

“I don’t think it’s fair to talk about it [the penalty decisions] after a defeat,” said Simeone to Spanish media outlet Marca.

“You saw it clearly.”

“I’m talking about the team,” he added after saying how he will not speak about a non-called foul in the rival’s area against Morata, but then the team got a penalty called against them.

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“There were few occasions for the two [up top – Morata and Antoine Griezmann].”

“We could not find solutions when the game drew to a close,” he added.

“Morata had an important job in his first game.”

“Let’s hope he continues to contribute,” Simeone wished.

“I see it differently. I am optimistic and the good thing is that Barcelona drew.”

Atletico will not have an easy way to return to the winning path, as they will host Real Madrid next week.

The team will then visit Rayo Vallecano just before they host Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.