MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says his team desperately needs a win, and next opponent Valladolid could be the perfect solution.
Atletico is joint top of the Spanish league alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid, but it has lost three straight games in all competitions after losing just once all season.
Simeone says "it's fundamental" to beat Valladolid and "play a good game."
The Argentine coach says Valladolid, which is in the drop zone, "is a good rival to come up against needing to win again. I've already said that teams play differently in the second half of the season, there's more love lost and everyone wants maximum points."
A short bench coupled with injuries have hurt Atletico with its Champions League series against AC Milan also on the horizon.