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Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid, eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Euopa League, completed their worst group stage of the continental competition on Tuesday with only five points of the 18 for which he has competed.
To achieve these lousy numbers, ehe box from the city of Madrid only had one victory, at the last minute, on the first day against Porto (2-1); two draws, three losses and nine goals against in six games; something that cost him his European competitions, remaining for the first time in the last place in the Group Phase.
The main problem that generated this situation is that the Atlético fell in their three outings (2-0 against Bruges, 2-0 against Bayer Leverkusen and 2-1 against Porto on Tuesday) and equalized at the Metropolitano stadium against the Belgian team (0-0) and the German block (2-2), when Yannick Carrasco missed the penalty in the last action of the duel that led to his elimination from the Champions League.
Also, with this removal, the mattress team became the last Spanish team to play in the Champions League quarterfinals and then be eliminated from both competitions organized by UEFA.
As a result, not only the shame of being left out of the two competitions reached the team, but there has already been talk of a possible departure of the Argentine coach ‘Cholo’ Simeone, who would leave his position on the bench upon the arrival of Marcelo Gallardo, River’s former coach, or Tomas Tuchel, according to reports.
For his part, the same Argentine strategist He spoke after the game and emphasized that they all work for the same goal and after their elimination, they will seek to give everything in the Santander League, a local tournament in which they do not have the best possible performance either; 23 points in 12 games, remaining in third position, nine points behind Real Madrid, the current leader.
“I have no doubt that we are all on the same path. We all want the same thing. Obviously, we will discuss, we will exchange opinions, we will not agree on some things, as is often the case on all sides, but we do have a common goal. Forget this stage in Europe and responsibly face the rest of the year”, the coach proclaimed at the press conference after being left out of the Europa League.
With information from EFE
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