UCL: We deserved to lose to Chelsea – Simeone

Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has admitted that his team were inferior “tactically, technically and physically”, in Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League Group C defeat to Chelsea at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The home side took the lead from the penalty spot just before the break, with Antoine Griezmann sending Thibaut Courtois the wrong way.

Alvaro Morata equalised on the hour mark, by glancing home Hazard’s superb cross. Antonio Conte’s men won the game with the final kick, substitute Michy Batshuayi finishing off a well-worked move.

Simeone told his postmatch news conference that he had no complaints about the result, as Chelsea had been clearly the better side.

“The opponent was the better team, they were the more comfortable team in all moments, and deserved to win,” Simeone said. “They played a good game in general, they are a very strong and competitive team, showed their status.

“In the first half we had the chance from Saul to make it 2-0 but we were never comfortable. They were better tactically, technically, physically, with intensity.

“You must congratulate a team who played as Chelsea did today. A draw was good for us, they had patience in the last play to move the ball very well and end the game very well for them.”

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