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Koke claims that Atletico Madrid’s 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao has harmed Champions League qualification chances

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Atletico Madrid is in the Champions League quarter-finals, however, Koke fears that they could miss out on next season’s opposition. Koke claims that Atletico Madrid’s 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao has harmed their Champions League qualification chances.

The 39th-minute goal of Diego Costa at the finish of an astute Koke pass guaranteed the magnificent fleeting strike Iker Muniain gave Athletic for the main half advantage.

By the by, Atleti was unable to impact a full reversal when he drew a point-blank save from Unai Simon a little ways from time, with substitute Santiago Arias coming nearest to a victor.

It means Los Colcheneros have now won just one of their last 11 games away in LaLiga, with Sunday’s back-closed-entryway experience in San Mames setting an unwanted club record for their season’s thirteenth draw.

After the draw pushed 6th placed Atleti on focuses with Getafe and Real Sociedad, Koke told LaLiga TV, the latter taking on Osasuna at the late commencement on Sunday, “I think it was a really decent game. It was a troublesome situation to be in. We haven’t taken our chances. We must battle and embrace the draw. We want to be in the Champions League and we must get the focuses. From this position, it is troublesome that we are in. We were preferred situated around the pitch over we were at that point. After the primary goal and a couple of moments after finding the equalizer, we managed to change things. Santi had a chance to get us the success at the end.”

Ex-Atleti forward Raul Garcia motivated the hosts along with the solid Muniain and called off his team-mates as Costa hit back.

“We realized this would be a really hard game. There was a touch of talk about how the teams would come back to the action in the league yet we as a whole went out to dominate the match. You usually relax a smidgen after you’ve quite recently scored and that’s what happened to us today. Be that as it may, we must take the positives. We’ve managed to battle against one of the league’s best teams and sadly we didn’t get three focuses,” he told LaLiga TV.

Copa del Rey finalists Athletic is tenth, five focuses behind Valencia in seventh, which is probably going to be the last qualifying spot in the Europa League should they lose in the show-stopper to rivals Sociedad.

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