Barcelona v Atletico: Simeone defeated by Costa reddish

Barcelona v Atletico: Simeone defeated by Costa reddish

The Colchoneros have obtained seven red cards in their past 11 excursions to Camp Nou, a fact that’s not lost on their trainer

Diego Simeone was frustrated by a lack of consistency out of La Liga’s referees later Diego Costa was sent off for dissent at Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 defeat at Barcelona.

Atletico went to the match eight points adrift of pacesetters Barca, meaning anything aside from a win will be of small use in the title race.

Their odds took a significant blow from the 28th moment when Costa has been given his marching orders after looking to say something to referee Jesus Gil Manzano.

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi ensured the triumph — and likely La Liga — together with targets in the last five minutes, however a lot of their post-match focus stayed on Costa.

“At the past 11 matches [at Camp Nou] we’ve obtained seven red cards,” Simeone informed reporters. “We must do something wrong.

“I asked the Army and he told me something which Costa says that he did not say. If he said [what the referee claims], he’s deservedly sent .

“However, other players have stated things and he does not ship them off. We view it and they don’t ship them off.

“However, that doesn’t warrant Costa’s actions. In the event the referee interprets there was insult, he is deservedly sent off, however, it is not necessarily the same [outcome for every player].”

Simeone was eager to steer away from the negativity several have connected to the defeat, with a few indicating their season is finished, although he considers such remarks show how much the team has arrived.

“Our season hasn’t ended at all,” he explained. “We must win as many things as you can.

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“I appreciate we won the European Supercup, we fought for the next location, and it’s bad? I really like it, I really like it is reported to be poor [the season]. Don’t forget where we are.”

Currently 11 points behind the leaders and two before arch-rivals Real Madrid with seven games remaining in the effort, Atletico’s next test will come on Saturday at home to Celta.

Barca could go 14 points clear with a win over bottom side Huesca, with this battle finishing only minutes until Atletico kick in the Wanda Metropolitana.

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