Atletico Madrid cannot come together this season. Six months ago, the title was celebrated at Wanda Metropolitano, and only a few days ago, Levante took all the spoils at the mentioned stadium and inflicted the 12th defeat of the season on the Quilters (in all competitions).
Defending the throne has already become an impossible mission (Real is running away from 15 points), and in the Copa del Rey they were knocked out by Real Sociedad in the round of 16 (0: 2). Perhaps the most worrying fact is that as many as 12 teams from the Primera have fewer goals conceded ...
Due to everything, it seems that Diego Simeone is counting his last days at the club from the capital of Spain, reports El Pais. The failure in the clash with Levante, who sits at the bottom of the table and recorded only the second triumph of this year's competition against Atletico, was practically historic.
For the 12th time, Cholo's army ended up on its knees, which never happened to Simeone under his leadership during one season! The Argentine seemed resigned after the game. With his head bowed, he left the field for a long time.
It was clear at the conference that a new disappointment had hit him hard. "We played badly. We missed a beautiful opportunity to catch the connection and now we have to redouble our efforts. Defeats always hurt, it will always bother me.
We will have to humbly look for a new opportunity," Simeone said in a tone we are not used to hearing.
Diego Simeone and oscillations
He also admitted that the problem was the constant changes in the lineup, as many as 31 in 33 games.
All that led to poor results, and then to a drop in self-confidence of some players. Oscillations, often during one match, led to a mental blockade of the entire team. Simeone's methods don't help anymore. It is simply unbelievable that the champion team, strengthened by Antoine Griezmann, Mateus Cunha, and Rodrigo De Paul, cannot reach one of the first four places.
Nothing has been lost yet, but considering how Atletico looks on the field lately, it is unlikely that things will turn around just like that. The ticket for the Champions League is a must for the Quilters because it gives them economic stability.
Some players pointed out that the atmosphere in the locker room was bad and that not everyone accepted the same coach's ideas. Koke and Gimenez have repeatedly asked the fans to support the coach, which also somewhat indicates that there are problems in the team.