Koke has admitted that Atletico Madrid weren’t good enough to beat RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
Los Rojiblancos were defeated 2-1 by their German opponents, who go on to play Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals.
“It wasn’t cruel,” Koke said, referring to the manner of Atletico‘s elimination.
“They were better throughout. They had more possession.
“They were better, quicker, more intense.
“When they’re better and you try and things don’t come off, you have to congratulate the opponent and reflect on the game.
“We didn’t do enough to match their intensity.
“When we were at our best, at 1-1, they scored their [second] goal.”
The Atletico captain praised Joao Felix‘s contribution after coming off the bench, but the Portuguese couldn’t do it all on his own.
“Joao gave us a lot when he came on,” Kokecontinued.
“He created the equaliser.
“Their second goal was unlucky. That’s football.
“We had lots of excitement for this Champions League.
“We struggled to get up for it like we always do.”