Enes Unal struck two late goals to condemn the Rojiblancos to defeat, with the coach insisting the loss was his fault
Diego Simeone has accepted responsibility for the dramatic late loss at Villarreal that leaves Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title hopes hanging by a thread.
Antoine Griezmann’s controversial penalty looked to have given Atletico a 1-0 win to cut Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table to eight points.
But after Greizmann was substituted, having missed a great chance to seal the points, Unal stuck twice in the last 10 minutes to snatch victory for the hosts.
“I have the feeling that I lost the game myself,” Simeone said. “The players made a huge effort and I could not help them with my decisions. I may have been wrong. It was an intense match with similar characteristics in both teams, we made a good first half and we were handling it well in the second and they took advantage of those two actions.
The details caused the match to fall on their side in such a close game.”