Atletico Madrid: Koke: Atletico Madrid can’t afford any more slip-ups

Atletico Madrid They’re chasing a Champions League place

Koke: Atletico Madrid can't afford any more slip-upsAFP

Koke has admitted Atletico Madrid can’t afford to drop many more points as they go after a Champions League place.

Diego Simeone’s side restarted their season with a 1-1 draw at Athletic Club on Sunday and could fall further behind Real Sociedad in fourth by the end of the weekend.

“It was a very intense game,” Koke said at San Mames.

“We have to adapt to a new situation.

“It was the first game back, but we can’t afford any more slip-ups.

“We’ve got a point from a tough ground, but we have to pick up three in order to qualify for the Champions League.

“If we don’t, it will be difficult.”

Atletico came from behind in Bilbao and perhaps should have won the game late on through Santiago Arias.

“In the first half, they were better, but when they scored we managed to equalise and we had the last chance in Santi’s feet.

“We have to pick up three points in order to be in the Champions League places.”

The experience of playing behind closed doors was an odd one for Atletico, who had last played at Anfield in March.

“It’s strange, coming to a stadium whose fans and atmosphere are spectacular like San Mames and not having fans is a shame,” Koke said.

“We hope that we can have fans supporting us as soon as possible.”

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