Marcos Llorente dismissed the suggestion of luck being on Atletico Madrid’s facet of their LaLiga title bid after their close-fought win over Elche.
Llorente scored the one objective of the sport within the twenty third minute, moments after Luis Suarez had a objective disallowed by VAR for offside.
Nonetheless, Llorente appeared set to go from hero to zero for LaLiga leaders Atleti when he conceded a late penalty for handball.
But Atleti got here away unscathed, Elche captain Fidel hitting the publish along with his spot-kick. Atleti have not conceded from the earlier three penalties they’ve confronted.
The victory lifted Atleti 5 factors clear in a four-way title tussle, albeit that hole will likely be closed ought to Actual Madrid beat Osasuna in Saturday’s late recreation.
With Barcelona having misplaced their recreation in hand on Thursday, Atleti could be topped champions ought to they win all of their 4 remaining matches – together with an enormous recreation towards the Blaugrana at Camp Nou subsequent week.
“It was an obligation to win, it was crucial for everybody,” Llorente advised Movistar.
“The group knew methods to perform the sport. All of the rivals are on the prime and Elche are a nice group. We take all three factors and it provides us nice satisfaction.”
Requested if luck was on Atleti’s facet, Llorente replied: “Ranging from the truth that I do not imagine in luck, ultimately, if [the penalty] obtained to the objective, [Jan] Oblak had guessed the correct manner.
“We obtained the factors and it provides us loads of power for what stays.
“Profitable is all the time constructive, confidence will increase, and right now is a type of days.”
It was a sentiment echoed by Simeone, who advised a information convention: “It’s time to work. The details have to be demonstrated on the pitch: that the group improves, performs with enthusiasm, is fierce and what I imagined and dreamed of once I arrived at Atletico.”
Requested if Atleti have to be thought-about favourites, Simeone mentioned: “We’re not within the second to assume; we’re within the second to do.”
Simeone has now coached in 360 LaLiga video games, surpassing Helenio Herrera because the Argentine to have managed essentially the most matches within the competitors.