Atletico Madrid coach Simeone: Bayer Leverkusen caught us on counterattacks

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has told his players not to dwell on their Champions League defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayer won 2-0 thanks to goals from Robert Andrich and Moussa Diaby.

Simeone said, “We couldn’t resolve the match before the 70-to-80 minute mark. By then, we would have liked to have had more peace of mind at the end of the match. We didn’t make the right decisions and they caught us open on the counter. They won the match with two good counterattacks.

“Right now, we have to forget about this game. It was very competitive because Club Brugge won. We have two games in a row against them and it will be very tough. It’s tight [in the group], as always in the Champions League.”

On his halftime changes, Simeone added: “I was looking for more connections and more play. It helped us make more passes and attack better. We didn’t have good circulation of the ball. With Rodrigo [De Paul], we got more of that.”