Atletico off target at Roma
ROME, Italy (AP):
Atletico Madrid's stated bid to finally break through and win the Champions League got off to a slow start with a scoreless draw at Roma yesterday.
Diego Simeone's Spanish side had the majority of the chances - including one first-half effort that was cleared off the line by a defender - but was largely inaccurate in front of the goal.
"We had three or four great chances in the first half and we did what we wanted in the second half when Roma's pace slowed," Simeone said. "Unfortunately we lacked what's most important in football - scoring a goal.
"I thought we played a great match," Simeone added. "But in football, the aesthetic part isn't what's most important. It's scoring goals."
Atletico and Roma dropped behind Chelsea in Group C after the London club routed Azerbaijani side Qarabag 6-0 in the other group match.
Atletico have finished runners-up twice in the last four editions of the tournament and were semi-finalists last season. All four campaigns have ended in defeat to city rival Real Madrid.
Atletico won their group in each of those seasons.
Roma returned to the competition after year-long absence yet the Stadio Olimpico was far from full for the club's first European match since the retirement of longtime captain Francesco Totti.