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Atletico coach surprised by comeback

Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre admitted he was surprised to see his side fight back to earn a point from Wednesday's 1-1 Champions League draw with Liverpool.

The Rojiblancos started with a tired Sergio Aguero on the bench and trailed to an early Robbie Keane opener.



But Sabrosa Simao equalised with just seven minutes remaining to hand a surprised Aguirre a share of the spoils.



"We wanted to go for the win, but considering the circumstances I'm happy with the draw," he said.



"In all honesty, I could not see us getting back into the game after the first half.



"But we had a good talk at half-time and we said to ourselves that it is crucial not to lose another game at home.



"And in the second half, we were livelier and we played further up the field.



"We showed more conviction and we had more belief in our abilities."



Meanwhile, Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola has warned his side not to be carried away by their 5-0 Champions League thrashing of FC Basel.



Barca are the only side with a 100 per cent record in this season's competition but Guardiola is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.



Two goals from Bojan and further strikes from Leo Messi, Sergi Busquets and Xavi completed Wednesday night's rout in Switzerland.



"Of course we played better than Basel tonight, but the Swiss champions are not a weak team," said Guardiola.



"The early second goal made it easier for us and was possible because we gave our all right from the beginning.



"Giving everything is the only way of showing your opponent the respect they deserve. We wanted to move the ball along the flanks and that worked out very well for us.



"We must not be fooled by the big margin of victory - we have to continue to work hard.



"We have had an important win that augers well for the future."

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