Atletico Madrid coach Simeone tells Morata: Forget about the penalty

Alvaro Morata

Alvaro Morata

This was Atletico's first loss in the league in 19 games and they remain six points behind Barcelona.

Alvaro Morata had an unconvincing debut as Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday, their first loss in 19 league games.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone was without five regular starters but was still able to field what looked to be an exciting, attacking lineup.

"There were few occasions for the two [up top - Morata and Antoine Griezmann]".

Atleti had Oblak to thank three minutes in, their goalkeeper lunging to his right to sensationally keep out Zouhair Feddal's header.

Filipe Luis gave away the penalty which decided the game, striking the ball with his left arm as he attempted to chest it down.

Morata, Atletico's biggest signing in the winter transfer window, played from the start but wasn't much of a factor.

"We can not be happy as we failed to close the gap with Barca".

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We have possibilities on the bench also and Rachid needs good support from the fans. We put our heads on the line, we put our bodies on the line.

"We had the chance to cut into their lead but couldn't do it", Atletico defender Juanfran Torres said.

The hope is that Morata will be revitalised by his move back to the Spanish capital, but based on Sunday's evidence, the striker has a long way to go to recapture the form of his Real days.

France World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann went close for the visitors with a second-half strike that came off the post.

Atletico had 13 shots at Pau Lopez's goal, but only managed to hit the target once, losing for the first time in the league since going down to a 2-0 defeat at Celta Vigo on September 1.

'We could not find solutions when the game grew to a close.

Morata will want to avoid current teammate Nikola Kalinic's record of 11 games without his first goal for the club.

'I am optimistic and the good thing is that Barcelona drew'.

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