Simeone applauds Atletico's response to European exit

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone paid tribute to the mental strength of his team after they bounced back from their UEFA Champions League exit with a 3-0 win over Elche on Saturday.

An 85th-minute Javier Hernandez goal consigned Atletico to a 1-0 aggregate European defeat to bitter rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday, with Simeone's side - last year's beaten finalists - failing to reach the semis of Europe's elite competition this time around.

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