It has been a perfect start to the La Liga campaign as far as Atletico Madrid is concerned. However, despite getting off to a perfect start and registering three out of three wins, coach Diego Simeone is in no mood to get carried away.
Simeone has dismissed any talk of winning La Liga title after his side preserved their 100 per cent win record with a superb comeback win against Eibar.
It is worth highlighting that at one stage, Atletico were reeling down 2-0 before an extraordinary come back saw them clinch the match with 3 goals to 2 on Sunday, courtesy Thomas Partey’s 90th-minute winning goal.
Eibar pulled off a remarkable performance against Atletico Madrid and at one point even threatened an upset. Goals from Charles and Anaitz Arbilla had put the visitors in control after 19 minutes.
However, Atletico Madrid were alert on the day and goals from Joao Felix and Vitolo helped them equalize by the 52nd minute of the match. However, it was only when substitute Thomas came off the bench and netted home a goal in the 90th minute of the match that Atletico Madrid’s fightback was complete.
“No, there’s a lot of new people in the team, we are rebuilding the team,” Simeone told reporters post the match.
“A lot of new players are getting used to our system, to the way that we work and we need to win, win, win another time. We have three new defenders this season and there is a lot of responsibility on my shoulders, eight players left, eight new ones have come in.
“Everybody is very excited but we have to stay quiet and work,” he added.
Atletico Madrid’s start is also important because of the fact that the last time Atletico Madrid had nine points after three matches was way back in 2014 and they had gone on to clinch the trophy back then.
However, Simeone added: “We had Raul [Garcia], Tiago and Gabi on our team, now my players are very, very young.
“Thomas, Joao [Felix], [Renan] Lodi, Saul [Niguez]. Back then when we won the league my players were better and now my team, we need to build it, we need to think that every game is a final,” he concluded.
Atletico will now face Real Sociedad in an away game on 14 September.