Apr 5, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Vicente Calderon Stadium
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
Garcia (13')
Koke (67'), Garcia (69'), Suarez (80')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Paulista (42')

Diego Simeone hails "important victory"

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone heaps praise on his side after they retained their place at the top of the league with a 1-0 win over Villarreal yesterday.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has heaped praise on his side after they retained their place at the top of La Liga with a 1-0 win over Villarreal yesterday.

Raul Garcia's 14th-minute strike was enough to hand Atletico the narrow victory, keeping them one point ahead of Barcelona and three points clear of Real Madrid, both of whom won later in the day.

The leaders were forced to hang on in the closing stages of the match, and Simeone was effusive in his praise of the team's character towards the end.

"We've been making a huge effort, incredibly so, I can't find the words to keep congratulating the players' effort. It was a complicated match and we achieved an important victory," Simeone told the club's official website.

"At the end we were tired, which is normal. The strength and energy we had in previous occasions were not there, but the team was level-headed, and that made up for the lack of energy."

In addition to their title aspirations, Atletico are also 90 minutes away from the Champions League semi-finals having drawn 1-1 with Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter-final clash.

Raul Garcia of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their opening goal with teammates during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Villarreal CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on April 5, 2014
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