Real Madrid get more penalties because they attack more – Simeone

Barcelona have alleged the Blancos get favourable refereeing decisions nevertheless the Atletico Madrid boss thinks that they make their particular luck

Real Madrid get more penalties than other teams in Spain because they are on the attack more often, in accordance with Diego Simeone.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu have suggested Madrid, who sit four points free from the Catalan giants near the top of La Liga, are benefiting from favourable decisions from referees.

Zinedine Zidane said has was “tired” of hearing such comments after his side beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 on Sunday, the second straight game they have won courtesy of a Sergio Ramos penalty, that was awarded following a VAR review spotted Dani Garcia’s trip on Marcelo.

Iker Muniain was critical of the officials after the match because Athletic did not get a spot-kick for Ramos appearing to step on Raul Garcia’s foot off the ball or for still another incident concerning the Madrid captain and Dani Garcia.

Madrid have now been awarded nine penalties in La Liga this season – only Athletic and Real Mallorca have earned more (10 each) – and Simeone thinks it really is natural for a team that plays on leading foot to get such decisions.

“VAR exposes everything. Before we didn’t have the possibility of seeing some things that we now see. The referees are people who can be wrong as well,” the Atletico Madrid boss told a news conference.

“It is fairer. If they give you more penalties, it’s because you’re in the opposition’s area more. If they attack more, like Real Madrid, it means you’re there longer.

“In the speed of the overall game it’s difficult to see what happens, nevertheless now another referee sees it with calmness on tv. People too, from their homes.

“Then there is a person who decides, which is the VAR. It can hurt you or help you, but now we are all clear on if its offside, if it’s a penalty… we are all more exposed.”

Atletico face Celta Vigo on Tuesday and you will be without talismanic midfielder Joao Felix as a result of an ankle injury.

Felix has scored eight goals and supplied three assists in 34 appearances in all competitions since moving to Wanda Metropolitano from Benfica for a club-record fee of €126 million (£114m/$143m) a year ago.

Simeone intends to keep patient with the 20-year-old Portugal international when he’s available for action again.

Article continues below

“Joao is in his first year at Atletico. I am not surprised by anything that is happening to him,” said the Argentine head coach.

“He needs to be patient rather than disengage. The anger he’s got because of what that he wants to show, because of his qualities, sometimes costs him.

“Few footballers at 20 or 21 are the finished article. He has undoubted talent. He’s a humble, respectful boy who gets along with everybody.”