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Atletico Madrid have struggled with consistency in the 2019/2020 La Liga campaign.

But a 5-0 win over Osasuna on Wednesday night was probably the motivation they needed as they seek to book a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage.

“It was difficult before the second goal, but after that we played with a higher tempo,” Simeone said.

The Argentine feels the 5 substitution rule has given his team an opportunity to widen their options.

“We can now make five substitutions and when the replacements perform the way they did then it gives us a lot of options and lots of competition for places.

“Our objectives will be achieved thanks to the squad.

“Lots of things made me happy – Morata’s movement, the high press by Carrasco which led to his goal, Diego Costa’s assist.”

Felix who returned to score two goals for Atletico Madrid certainly impressed Simeone.

“I always hope for the best for my players,” Simeone said.

“[Felix] has talent and when a player has talent in the area then it is very difficult for the opposition to deal with.”