Simeone remains confident of lifting Supercopa
By Football News
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes his team can win the Supercopa de Espana after drawing 1-1 at home to Barcelona.
Neymar headed in a crucial equaliser for the visitors at the Estadio Vicente Calderon after ex-Barcelona striker David Villa had scored for his new club for the first time, with a stunning volley on 12 minutes in the first leg on Wednesday.
Simeone was pleased with his team's first-half performance and believes a repeat of that would give them a chance of claiming the trophy at Camp Nou on August 28.
"The tie is still very open and it will be anyone's to win. I expect a tough game at the Camp Nou next week," the Argentine said.
"Barcelona will feel much stronger playing in front of their home fans and I know it will be hard for us.
"We will have to put in a lot of effort to keep the rhythm and the tempo to the game in order to stay in the tie. If we play the football we played tonight in the first half we can."
Barcelona dominated possession but struggled to create chances throughout the first leg before Neymar's 66th-minute equaliser.
Gerardo Martino's men were the better side after Neymar's goal but Simeone believes both teams played poorly in the second half.
"We faced the best team in the world and we performed really well against them and used our weapons to good effect," Simeone said.
"In the first half of the game we were outstanding tactically and the players put in an excellent performance.
"We managed to get hold of the ball and allow David Villa to score a great goal against his old club. That was a good moment for us.
"He had another good chance as well but Barcelona defended well on that attack. That was a chance for us to take a 2-0 lead and in my opinion that would have been a fair score at the interval.
"In the second half neither side played well but Barcelona somehow managed to score a great goal to level the tie. I predict we will have an open second leg on Wednesday."