Simeone presents united Atleti after Savic-Ortega bust-up stories

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15 Mar 2019, 21:59 IST
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Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone insisted Atletico Madrid stay a united group after stories of infighting emerged within the wake of the Champions League loss to Juventus.

Atletico’s goals of contesting the ultimate at their Wanda Metropolitano residence had been trampled on Tuesday as they surrendered a two-goal first-leg benefit in a 3-Zero defeat in Turin.

Reviews in Spanish media have since claimed defender Stefan Savic and health coach Oscar Ortega had a falling out within the days main as much as the journey to Italy.

The pair are alleged to have engaged in a confrontation within the altering room following Atletico’s win over Leganes final weekend, an incident Simeone didn’t straight deny.

“Contained in the staff we’re all on the identical web page and can preserve stepping into the identical path,” Simeone mentioned.

“I will not make any assertion about [the rumours]. This is sort of a household, every thing stays inside.

“If there’s one thing to resolve we’ll remedy it on the within and if there’s nothing to resolve we can’t, however after a defeat it is regular these sort of issues present up.

“Folks attempt to unsettle the staff, however that is regular if you win or lose or play a ultimate.

“After a Europa League ultimate two gamers had been indignant with me and no one discovered about it and no one spoke about it as a result of we received.”

Simeone admitted the meek loss to Juve has “created plenty of criticism” and attributed the response to the rise in expectations underneath his stewardship.

The Argentine, who in February prolonged his contract via to 2022, mentioned he feels “questioned” after every match, having attracted scrutiny for the defensive techniques that did not include Cristiano Ronaldo.

Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin spoke out in assist of the pinnacle coach, reaffirming his expectation for the brand new deal to be upheld.

“I absolutely belief our sports activities challenge and Simeone,” Gil Marin mentioned. “I provided Diego the contract renewal the week following the 4-Zero defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

“And it was to not go towards the present, nor to thank him for these seven years. It was as a result of I’m satisfied that we are going to benefit from the subsequent three years as we’ve got been doing to this point.

“I am certain Diego will full a decade at Atletico Madrid that may change our historical past.”

The Rojiblancos return to LaLiga motion away to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

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