Atletico’s Champions League exit: Coach takes blame



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16 Mar 2019, 10:46 IST
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Madrid: Head coach of Atletico Madrid, Argentine Diego Simeone, waves to journalists throughout a press convention following a coaching session held on the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, 16 Might 2015. Atletico Madrid will face FC Barcelona in a Spanish Primera Division League soccer match on 17 Might. (IANS/EFE/Zipi)

Madrid, March 16 (IANS) Atletico Madrid Argentine head coach Diego Simeone has mentioned he was in charge for the early exit from the UEFA Champions League spherical of 16 by the hands of Juventus.

Atletico squandered a 2-Zero first leg benefit because the Spanish facet conceded a hat-trick by Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo within the second leg performed on the Italian group’s house pitch Allianz Stadium, stories Efe information.

This defeat was so unhealthy that pundits, coaches, homeowners and followers have brazenly criticized the group’s enjoying type and playmakers.

Accepting the truth that the criticism he has obtained because the Juventus defeat is well-founded, the coach mentioned: “If the followers need to maintain somebody (accountable) it’s me.”

“I’ve completely nothing to say to the followers. Merely to indicate gratitude to them (for his or her help) since I’ve arrived as a participant till at this time,” Simeone mentioned throughout a press convention forward of a La Liga away recreation in opposition to Athletic Bilbao.

Nonetheless, nobody but is looking for the pinnacle of Simeone as his defenders — of which there are nonetheless many — credit score him with being the architect of the membership’s final seven wonderful years when it hoisted seven trophies, together with the 2013-2014 La Liga and 2017-2018 Europa League titles.

Throughout his enjoying profession, Simeone had two spells on the Spanish group, between 1994 and 1997 after which he got here again to Atletico in 2003 till 2006.

Within the first tenure as participant, Simeone helped the capital facet win a La Liga title and hoist the Copa del Rey trophy, each within the 1995-1996 season.

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