Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has strongly defended coach Diego Simeone following current criticism.
Simeone has established Atletico amongst Europe’s main golf equipment since taking cost in 2011, successful the Europa League, Copa del Rey and La Liga in addition to reaching the Champions League closing in each 2014 and 2016.
Atletico have endured a tough 2017-18 marketing campaign to date, although, with Simeone’s aspect presently fourth in La Liga, eight factors behind leaders Barcelona, and in critical hazard of failing to qualify for the knockout phases of Champions League.
Requested if he may have imagined that Simeone can be dealing with criticism, Cerezo instructed Marca: “I wish to say this in a loud voice. Simeone is untouchable at Atletico Madrid, for the gamers, for the administrators and for the supporters.”
He mentioned having doubts about Simeone “just isn’t allowed right here.”
Cerezo has mentioned Atletico presently have their best-ever squad and, requested about that remark, he mentioned: “I hold saying so. We’re taking part in a recreation, and video games are the best way they’re. Typically you win and generally you lose.”
Atletico have did not win within the Champions League to date this season, having drawn with Roma, misplaced to Chelsea after which twice been held to attracts by Qarabag.
“We may have scored 4 in opposition to Roma after which we had 14,000 possibilities in opposition to Qarabag,” he mentioned. “It is not only a drawback particular to Atletico that gamers will be kind of medical, but it surely’s an issue for lots of elite golf equipment.
“I hold saying we now have a implausible squad, a beautiful coach and an outstanding fanbase. That is sufficient for me.”
Antoine Griezmann — who was a finalist for the 2016 FIFA Greatest Males’s Participant award alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi — has failed to duplicate the type of earlier seasons and was substituted through the current victory over Deportivo La Coruna whereas Atletico have been nonetheless looking for a breakthrough.
Requested if the 26-year-old stays untouchable, Cerezo mentioned: “He hasn’t had a lot luck firstly of this season. He had a implausible finish to the earlier season and he’s nonetheless thought-about top-of-the-line three gamers on the planet. The benefit is that he’s youthful and has extra of a future than the opposite two.
“Everyone has their moments. It could be the case that he isn’t going via one of the best one proper now, however I’m satisfied that it will not take lengthy for him to be what all of us need him to be as soon as once more, the Griezmann that he’s. In spite of everything he has proven, there is no purpose to doubt him or lose confidence in him due to taking part in 5 matches not so effectively.”
Griezmann agreed a brand new contract in the summertime regardless of having been strongly linked with Manchester United, however his €100 million buyout clause remained intact.
The ahead prompt he had agreed to remain on account of Atletico failing to get their switch ban overturned, and with Diego Costa set to be registered in January after his return from Chelsea, the France worldwide’s future stays the topic of standard hypothesis.
“We’ve put in quite a lot of effort to maintain him and to maintain all of the gamers,” Cerezo mentioned. “The issue Griezmann has had is sequence of stories tales about different vital European golf equipment wanting him has not benefited him.
“Griezmann is and will probably be an Atletico participant. He is a crucial participant and at an vital membership and he desires to win titles with Atletico. He might have had a begin to the season which may have been higher, however there’s a lot left of the La Liga season for him to indicate how vital he’s for the membership and the way vital soccer is for him.”
Requested how he felt about Griezmann’s common media feedback on his future through the summer time, Cerezo replied: “What vital participant does not play this type of recreation? All of them do.”
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