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Atletico Madrid superstar was left frustrated following UCL exit – report



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Being eliminated from the group stage of the UEFA Champions League is a shame for a club of Atletico Madrid’s stature. To not even qualify for the Europa League and finish bottom of the group is an all-new low.

According to reports from Belen Sanchez Garcia, star goalkeeper Jan Oblak was beyond frustrated when he entered the dressing room after yesterday’s defeat to FC Porto and did not hold back in expressing his disbelief at what had just happened.

“I don’t understand it, I don’t understand it.”

Oblak was one of the team’s best performers on the night, coming clutch multiple times in the first half to limit the damage. In his 90 minutes on the field, he made a whopping six saves including five from inside the box to ensure that his team stayed in the game.

To go down after such a strong performance is hard to accept, and his disappointment was visible when he spoke to the media after the full-time whistle.

“We can only sincerely thank the fans for their support. They deserve much more. The team is very sorry”.

Los Rojiblancos are now out of contention in both the Champions League and Europa League and must turn to La Liga and Copa del Rey to salvage some good from their season. 

Needless to say, the pressure on Diego Simeone is building and the need to produce good results is urgent. The Madrid-based side next face Espanyol and Mallorca before dispersing for the World Cup and the aim will be to get six out of six points to boost their morale.

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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target



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Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and want to fight for his signing in the summer, according to a report from Javi Gomara of Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old is also a transfer target for FC Barcelona and several clubs in the Premier League.

Amrabat burst into the limelight after enjoying a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which he helped Morocco reach the semi-finals. The midfielder was heavily linked with an exit in January, with Barcelona, Atletico and several other clubs linked.

However, a move did not materialise and he remained at Fiorentina. However, with his contract expiring next year, the Moroccan international could be on his way out in the summer, even though the Italian outfit are trying to tie him down with a new contract.

And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid are ready to fight for his signing in the summer. The report states that Amrabat is a player that is very well-liked by the Rojiblancos and would be an important cog in Diego Simeone’s side if they sign him.

Amrabat will be playing at the Civitas Metropolitano tonight, with Atletico’s home ground hosting a friendly between Morocco and Peru. And the Colchoneros dream of making the stadium the 26-year-old’s permanent home from next season.

The report adds that the Moroccan international himself would be ‘delighted’ to join the club. After all, he did speak highly of Simeone and Atleti during the World Cup, when he said:

“He has coached Atletico Madrid for many years. I like his style of play. He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players in his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”

Atletico Madrid have been linked with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but hold no interest in him. Instead, they wish to sign a player of Amrabat’s profile and quality. However, the 26-year-old will not come cheap as Fiorentina will demand a €40 million fee for him.

Beyond that, the interest of Barcelona and other clubs in the Premier League would also be a roadblock for the Spanish capital club.

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