Simeone: We didn't have the decisiveness we needed to have, we had a few chances

Simeone: We didn't have the decisiveness we needed to have, we had a few chances

After a major upset in the Copa del Rey saw Atletico Madrid crash out 2-1 to Segunda B team Cultural Leonesa, Diego Simeone insisted that his plans remain unchanged for the future.

The coach was determined that his side could recover and that this defeat would not have a substantial impact on his players.

"I have the desire to work like every day since I arrived, the penalties or the extra time in the Champions League didn't change me, nor will going out in this round," Simeone said bluntly.

"I have an important squad and results will come soon."

When looking to analyse the defeat, the coach took the blame but it was clear where the problem lies with his team.

"We didn't have the decisiveness we needed to have, Vitolo had chances, Saul with a header, Thomas... We had a few," Simeone admitted.

"We had playing situations and goal chances, their goalkeeper had a fantastic night, the rival team played a great game and had ambition and hope.

"We couldn't score and the responsibility is absolutely mine."

The former midfielder also reflected upon the transition of his team who have struggled throughout this season.

"You are in the position to have an opinion on what you feel and we don't have the choice but to work, me and my players," Simeone stated.

"We couldn't be clinical in front of goal, that's football and when you can't score, everything is more difficult."

Simeone was insistent on one matter though, which was to congratulate Cultural and coach Jose Manuel Aira.

"I congratulated the coach because I liked their game, following a plan that they had against Huesca despite making changes," Simeone said.

"They didn't have many chances, but they always looked dangerous and got forward, they could make it count and they did."

The defeat is Atletico's first to third tier opposition in the Copa del Rey since 2011. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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