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Simeone upbeat despite Atletico's poor recent form

2:20 AM IST 29/10/17
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The manager described the 1-1 draw with Villarreal as his side's best performance of recent weeks

Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid are nearing the end of a costly stretch which saw them fail to win for the sixth time in seven competitive matches on Saturday.

Carlos Bacca cancelled out Angel Correa's opener to give Villarreal a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano as the hosts missed out on adding to their solitary win in October.

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Atleti, who sit four points shy of the top two, were left to rue Kevin Gameiro's inability to turn a promising close-range chance into a two-goal advantage in the second half.

The result compounded the Rojiblancos' frustration from their midweek draw with third-tier Elche in the Copa del Rey, but Simeone believes his team will soon return to their clinical best.

"If we keep on this path things will improve for sure. I always prefer to see the positive side," Simeone said at his post-match news conference.

"This was the best of our recent games, for performance and intensity. At 1-0 we had chances to kill off game, like for Gameiro."

In addition to earning a point, 31-year-old Bacca's late header extended Javier Calleja's unbeaten start as Villarreal manager to four La Liga matches.

The 39-year-old former midfielder has collected 10 league points from a possible 12 since replacing the sacked Fran Escriba in September.

"It was a fair result. We had a chance [to go ahead through Cedric] Bakambu at 0-0," Calleja said of his side's performance.

"After [the first] goal, when Atletico dropped back, we had our best spell."