Simeone refused to blame VAR for Madrid’s loss

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 09: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid scores his team's third goal past Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Wanda Metropolitano on February 09, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 09: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid scores his team's third goal past Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Wanda Metropolitano on February 09, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

The Atletico Madrid manager said they lost against Real Madrid because they played against a very convincing opponent.

Atletico Madrid was defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid in today’s Spanish La Liga Madrid Derby.

The Colchoneros lost at home, as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was used in many key decisions.

“Atletico Madrid lost because of a convincing opponent,” Atleti’s boss Diego Simeone told Sky Sports.

“I don’t usually speak about VAR and I believe it’s something that will surely get better and make things more efficient for all.”

“I can’t see the replays like those working with VAR do, so I hope they were correct with the decisions,” he added.

“I definitely don’t think we lost because of VAR. The opposition was better than us and more convincing. They had a very good game. So we congratulate them and prepare for the next one.”

“Football is played with all the members of the team,” Real’s coach Santiago Solari said.

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“This team is fully committed to the shirt they wear, and they want to win every game and they are demonstrating that. They are competing very well.”

“To get points at this stadium, against a very competent, very competitive and very strong team in all fields, but especially here at Wanda, the only way is doing a match like the one we did today,” he commented.

“Today, in general, I thought we played a really good game,” Sergio Ramos added.

“The complete performance – from front to back and in attack and defense – we didn’t give them much space, didn’t give them any chances. It’s a good result.”

“We have achieved our objective, we came here to win here and get back into second. We haven’t been there for a little while and to cut the gap on the leader [Barcelona]. They have to play tomorrow, let’s see what happens,” the Real captain concluded.