Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone denies that change of tactic led to defeat vs Real Madrid

"We played with two strikers to try and find more depth and with two wide players to open up the pitch but in the first half we didn't have more chances than from a free kick. We did well until the first Madrid goal (16th minute). They had not had a shot and it was a great goal from Ronaldo and after that it was a lot harder but we didn't lose because of psychological reasons," said Diego Simeone.

updated: December 02, 2012 18:53 IST
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Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has denied that his side had betrayed the football they had been playing all season as they were beaten 0-2 by Real Madrid.

Atletico had suffered only one defeat all season and had high hopes of ending a run of 23 Madrid derbies without being able to get the better of Real Madrid, reports Xinhua.

Those hopes were ended by goals by Mesut Ozil and an opening free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo but most of all the game will be remembered for the physical approach adopted by Atletico and the lack of good football on view in the 90 minutes of a game constantly interrupted by fouls and exaggerated reactions from the players of both teams.

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