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Simeone proud of Atletico Madrid players

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Diego Simeone felt like a proud father as he watched his Atletico Madrid side beat Villarreal 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano and close the gap on Barcelona to seven points.

Simeone emphasised just how impressed he has been with his team this season citing the solo performance of compatriot Messi in Barcelona’s 4-2 away at Sevilla.

“I love it,” Simeone said when asked about their chances in LaLiga Santander against Messi’s Barcelona.

“I watched Barcelona yesterday, I am prouder of my players and the season we are having.

“Alvaro Morata scored his first goal for the club as he opened the scoring on Sunday afternoon and he was replaced by Diego Costa after an hour, which is the opposite to what happened against Juventus in midweek.

Nevertheless, Simeone insists that it is not one or the other in his line-up.

“I am not looking for differences or to compare them,” he told Marca.

“Both are important and compatible; each gives a lot to the team in their own way.

“Morata had already scored two legal goals [against Real Madrid and Juventus] and by bad misinterpretation, they were disallowed.

“We maintain the feeling of constant danger when you have strikers at the level of Costa and Morata.

“Overall, Simeone has been really impressed with the impact that Morata has had since joining the club he played for as a child in January.

“We saw him doubt whether to celebrate it or not,” he said in reference to the Spaniard’s goal.

“The poor guy had bad luck for the two goals he scored legally which were disallowed. “But he keeps improving; the team needs him and we are happy.”

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