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Atletico Madrid satisfied with Champions League start

Atletico Madrid are satisfied with the start to their Champions League campaign.

Atletico drew 0-0 at Roma this week at the Olimpico.

"You have seen a team that believed in itself, in everything we had prepared," declared Atleti coach Diego Simeone.

"We just missed scoring a goal, which is the most important thing in football.

"We've had great chances with Vietto, Koke, Saul... but their goalkeeper had a great game."

Some of the best betting sites for this season value Atletico Madrid in this Champions League. You can wager on Atleti at 22/1. They should have little trouble getting out of the Group Stage. They reside in a quartet with Chelsea, FK Qarabag, and AS Roma, and are leagues better than the latter two.

Their defensive style has also fared extremely well in recent UCL seasons, with the team reaching the semifinals last year, and the finals in both 2014 and 2016. Their downfall has always been a lack of scoring, but with a deal for Diego Costa imminent, that could be a thing of the past.

Indeed, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed a deal for Chelsea striker Costa is likely for January.

"Diego Costa knows he is a Chelsea player and, until January, there is time to talk with his club," he said.

"Before January, we will not do anything."

Atletico's next Champions League game is on September 27 against Chelsea.

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