“Soccer is not only about positions and schemes,” Simeone said. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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As far as Diego Simeone is concerned, Atletico Madrid has taken a major step forward despite its early elimination from the Champions League. Atletico failed to make it past the group stage for the first time in five years, but the coach thinks his team will be stronger for the remainder of the season.It arrived hoping to finally break through with the title after reaching the final twice in the last four seasons and making it to the semifinals last season.Atletico had advanced in first place in its group in each of the last four years.Simeone's team made it to the last 16 in the cup competition and is third in the league, six points behind leader Barcelona.
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