Atletico have led the La Liga table since December enjoying a 10-point lead over their title-chasing rivals in January but a new-year wobble has seen them lose three games and draw six more since then.
“Every team has difficulties during the season,” Simeone said. “The coach has to look for solutions. The team has improved, we had good second halves [in the defeats against] Sevilla and Athletic. We’re played well in the last few games.”
A goalless draw with Barcelona last Saturday looked to have handed the initiative to Real Madrid, before they were also held to a draw by Sevilla the following day.
Both sides won in midweek although Atletico were left sweating after a nervous 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad while Barca drew 3-3 at Levante to effectively make it a two-horse title race.