Atletico ruined chance to go top – Filipe Luis

Diego Simeone’s men could have gone top of La Liga at Barcelona’s expense with a win over Sevilla but instead they were held to a draw on Sunday

Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis believes his players ruined their chance to go top of La Liga after failing to beat Sevilla on Sunday.

Barcelona’s draw at Levante earlier on Sunday meant the Rojiblancos would have moved to the summit with a win against Sevilla, but they were held to a 1-1 draw at the Vicente Calderon. 

David Villa put Simeone’s team ahead early in the game, but the visitors levelled with 17 minutes to play as Ivan Rakitic converted from the penalty spot.

Sevilla performed well throughout the contest and Filipe Luis knows this is something Atletico must get used to now they are considered genuine title challengers.

“We had a good chance to go top, but there is still a long way to go,” the Brazilian told reporters.

“We are now a target and it is very difficult to compete with Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“The merit of what we have done can be seen in our opponents. Look at Sevilla, their bench celebrated the draw as if it was a final.”

Atletico remain behind Barca on goal difference in La Liga, but Real Madrid are now only a point behind after their 5-0 win over Betis on Saturday.

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