MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said football has become fairer thanks to video tech and insisted he doesn’t worry about Real Madrid’s excitement over referee decisions determining the final stretch of the La Liga title race.
Simeone’s side were in danger of losing first place when Real Madrid faced Sevilla on Sunday. However, the game ended 2-2 after a VAR decision in which one penalty was canceled by Real and one awarded to Sevilla for a previous handball.
Real coach Zinedine Zidane and director Emilio Butragueno both voiced their anger over the decision, while the impact continued on Spanish media.
“In a game as dynamic as football, there will always be controversy. As I’ve said many times, VAR has made football fairer,” Simeone told Real Sociedad ahead of the home game on Wednesday.
“Sometimes it will go your way and others will go against you. Forget about the referees. The coaches should focus on our job of making sure our teams play better. We will only focus on our game with Real Sociedad.” . “
Atletico lead second-placed Real Madrid and third-placed Barcelona by two points and know that wins in their last three games against Real Sociedad, Osasuna and Real Valladolid will bring their first La Liga crown since 2014.
Real Sociedad, who are fifth in the overall standings and aim to take a European place next season, appear to be Atletico’s toughest opponent in the run-up.
“They are a team that has had great results from home and is growing every year. They are a dynamic team that plays beautiful football and has many opportunities to start attacks. We expect a very tough game,” added Simeone .
(Reporting by Richard Martin; editing by Christian Radnedge)