Atletico Madrid went to the top of the league standings last night and Diego Simeone was a happy coach.
“We felt very good and we were able to really live in the opposition half, close to the goal, and so when we found the goal is opened things up for us,” he said.
“Winning in Valencia is not easy. They’d just come from a good result against [Real] Madrid and had come back from 2-0 down against Alaves.
“They played with a lot of order, but we dominated.”
Simeone left Carrasco and Felix on the bench.
“They’ve known me for a long time now,” he said. “The game is 90 minutes long and I can make five changes.
“This group gives me the possibility to experiment and give minutes to each player. I’m very happy with [Thomas] Lemar, for example, who performed very well today.”
He also had good news on Suarez.
“The doctor will keep us informed,” he said. “He’s fine, and I’ve spoken with him a lot to see how he feels. He’s very enthusiastic about coming back and his presence in the dressing room gives us strength and leadership.
“The team needs him.”