Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 5/3/13
Diego Simeone insists Atletico Madrid are ready to seal their place in next season's Champions League against Deportivo. The 2-1 loss to Real was particularly demoralising for Atletico because they took an early lead against Jose Mourinho's side, which consisted of many fringe players, and still lost, all but ending their hopes of finishing above Los Blancos in the Primera Division table. Simeone's squad travelled to Azerbaijan during the week to play a friendly against a local all-star team (Atletico won 3-0), which the Argentinian coach said helped them get over the disappointment of the derby defeat. He also emphasised that they are now focusing on wrapping up qualification for the Champions League, which they will achieve if they get a point against relegation-battling Depor at the Riazor. He told a press conference: "We were all together in Azerbaijan and that was good for us after a tough defeat like the one we suffered the other day. "We haven't spoken much in relation t...
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