Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admits his men were outplayed after a 0-0 draw against Alaves.
Deyverson missed two great chances to get the win for the home side, with Atletico failing to impress in attack.
Atletico are plagued with injuries and suspensions, forcing Simeone to use an attacking side, but he concedes his team lacked focus.
“Alaves were superior, especially in intensity,” Simeone said after Atletico drew their third successive match in all competitions.
“It was a bad game in general. [Nico] Gaitan had the clearest chance, but the goalkeeper reacted significantly and [Yannick] Carrasco played like the whole team, we must try to improve.”
Atletico could be 10 points off top spot if Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad on Sunday, but Simeone noted the result could have been worse.
“We take a point, that is better than the game that could have been,” Simeone said.
“It was not a good match in general but we will try to improve so that the next one is better. Alaves did not surprise me because it they play this way with all the teams.”