Simeone left with ‘bad taste’ after opening draw

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Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone was bitter after his side had to settle for a point after their 1-1 draw with Deportivo Alavés at Estadio Vicente Calderón on Sunday.

Los Rojiblancos looked to have won it late on when new striker Kevin Gameiro netted a 93rd-minute penalty, but Manu Garcia struck back just two minutes later for the newly-promoted side.

"At the start of the game we went all out because the team looked very strong, with enthusiasm and a lot of energy," the Argentine coach said.

"The team had a good intensity to win the game. We lacked a bit of tranquility to finalise the plays. We're left with very little for what we offered.

"Their goalkeeper played great. This is football, and you win by scoring goals, but we couldn't convert. A point is never enough.

"We tried by all means to win the game, and I am left with a bad taste in my mouth because we had it won."

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