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'I cannot explain anything' - Simeone bemused by Atletico's penalty failings

Goal.com logo Goal.com 15-04-2017

Diego Simeone could offer no explanation for Atletico Madrid's awful penalty record as they missed two spot-kicks in a 3-0 victory over Osasuna.

With the points long since secured, Atletico were awarded a penalty in the 89th minute of Saturday's La Liga clash, but Yannick Carrasco was denied from the spot and Thomas Partey also fluffed his lines a minute later.

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Simeone's men have now missed six consecutive penalties in the league and the coach is baffled by their continued failure from 12 yards.

"I cannot explain anything," he told W Radio. "It's difficult to explain – a penalty is an individual performance."

Carrasco, who scored twice before his miss, also struggled to identify the reason for Atletico's woes.

"I could have had a hat-trick – the goalkeeper [Salvatore Sirigu] made a good save," he said. "I don't know what happens with penalties, I don't know what's wrong.

"Sometimes the goalkeepers make the saves, sometimes it's bad luck."

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Despite the bizarre ending to the game, Simeone believes Atletico have plenty of reasons for optimism.

"I was left with a lot of positive things from the game," he said.

"[There was] the return of [Nicolas] Gaitan, [Jose] Gimenez's performance – he was very important in the middle of the field – a good match from Thomas [Partey], [Alessio] Cerci being on the team and also Tiago's return.

"These are many positive things that serve us for the present and the>

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