"Well, I don't know what you expect me to be like after a defeat," Simeone replied when asked why he was in a bad mood.
"I'm sure, I know the way and I'm not afraid of anything.
"This isn't happening because of nerves. Being able to play better, being a strong unit, I don't think it's down to nerves."
"We have to keep working and up the intensity, that's what gave us more of a chance [in the first place] aside from talent," Simeone said.
"We'll look to do it this week, although there are some players who won't be able to play against Real Betis.
"We'll carry on preparing for the game. I'm not budging on anything, but we have to accept we're in bad form.
"The Spanish league is tough until the end in every title race.
"There are usually only two teams [competing], as well as us in 2014 or 2017, but it was always a two-horse race.
"Now we're competing, more for bad than for good in recent times.
"We have to find a way for the boys to be as good as they were in the first half of the season."