Atletico Madrid were extremely disappointed during the weekend after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Villarreal, which has put them at a disadvantage in the league table. Diego Simeone’s have been one of the surprise packages of the season, as they have made a great start to the campaign. Even though they sold their top scorer Radamel Falcao in the summer, Simeone has been able to find replacement in the form of Diego Costa. Summer signing David Villa has also been able to score on a regular basis to help Atletico to a great start.

They were left disappointed during the weekend after dropping two points, which has left them three points behind table leaders Barcelona. Atletico Madrid have been touted as the surprise title challengers this term, but this result leaves them with much to do even though it is only three points. After the match, Simeone said that his team did not have their usual creativity, but he praised the work of the team in the defence. Mario’s own goal in the second minute appeared to set Atletico on their way to yet another victory, but they were held back by Uche’s goal in the 79th minute.

The away team created chances, but it was not to their usual high standards. “We came up against a team that plays very well and is in a good place. In defence we did very well. They had no clear chances but they did control possession. In the second half we were better but it is an important result against a side also vying for a Champions League spot. We took a lot out and struggled to find our rhythm and space, while Villarreal kept a hold of the ball very well,” said the Atletico Madrid manager, who has received a lot of praise for his work this season.