Diego Simeone refused to criticise Filipe Luis or Diego Godin for Barca defeat.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone refused to accept their 2-1 defeat to Barcelona was because defenders Filipe Luis and Diego Godin were sent off.

Rojiblancos were reduced to nine men after Filipe and Godin were sent off at the Camp Nou.

Simeone's side broke the deadlock 10 minutes into the clash through Koke but Barca responded with goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

The away side showed character despite Filipe Luis receiving a red card before halftime and Godin shown a second yellow for his rash tackle on Suarez.

However, Simeone, who was pleased with his team's display, didn't think his side being two-men down was a reason for the loss to the La Liga champions.

"I'm proud of the team, we had a very good first half. We started with 10 in the second half and controlled the space and even with nine we kept our shape," the Argentinean told reporters.

"You can win or lose but I am proud. I do not think about referees, I only speak of the teams. The sending-off of Filipe Luis was a reading of the situation and the referee saw what he saw.

"I have nothing to reproach Godin or Luis Filipe for. It is not easy to maintain that intensity. We made it to 25 minutes and we had good possession and did not suffer vertigo.

"But Barca started to get into the game, had two chances and scored two goals as they are a very good team."

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