Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says his side were made to work hard to earn their 2-0 away win over “brave” Malmo in the UEFA Champions’ League, and the Atletico boss was relieved to get the win on a difficult night for his side, which was much more of a struggle compared to their 5-0 win at home a fortnight ago.
“We played a great game against a great opponent”, he said.
“We knew they’d be brave at home, with the young players in the team, and it’s a hard and difficult place to come. We had to play a great game.”
“We knew the game would be like this, because Malmo have given a good showing in the games they’ve played so far, except the second half at the Vicente Calderon two weeks ago.”
“We knew how we had to play. We suffered a lot for 15 or 20 minutes in the second half until the goal by (Raul) Garcia.”
Despite being three points clear at the top of Group A in Europe’s elite club competition thanks to a fifth consecutive win in all competitions, Simeone is taking nothing for granted.
“The standings are an unusual situation and I don’t think positively because there are many possibilities,” he added.
“We’re dependant on the next match against Olympiakos at the Vicente Calderon.”