Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid are still in the tie despite a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
Atleti broke the deadlock through Fernando Torres in the 25th minute and was sent off 10 minutes later after receiving a second yellow card for a bookable offence.
Luis Suarez levelled for the homeside in the 63rd minute and completed the comeback in the 74th as the Catalans bounced back to winning ways following their 2-1 defeat to rivals Real Madrid in the Classico over the weekend.
However, Simeone was pleased with the performance Rojiblancos put in on the night at the Camp Nou.
"Beyond the inequality there was in the match, we leave with a situation that allows us to have hope," Simeone said. "I am very happy with my team.
"Once again, we started winning, we were doing very well."
The former Argentina midfielder Simeone refused to blame Torres - who went from hero to villain - for their defeat.
"There were more than two incidents involving Suarez," he added. "I can't say what I think, but I am not angry with Fernando for sure."