Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has defended his players after their Copa del Rey semifinal defeat to Real Madrid.

Simeone believes his players exited the Copa del Rey with their heads held high despite their 5-0 aggregate semi-final loss to city rivals Real Madrid.

"After losing the tie and being knocked out, we are not happy about how it happened and it is logical and normal not to be happy.

"Last year we reached the final and won the cup, and this year we reached the semi-finals. You can always do better but I think it is not bad, being as competitive as we have been in the Copa del Rey.

"The team did not lose face."