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Diego Simeone facing increased internal criticism at Atletico Madrid following UCL exit

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Diego Simeone has been at Atletico Madrid for so long that it is impossible to fathom one without the other. In his 11 years at the club, the Argentine manager has seen unprecedented peaks and made the Spanish outfit a top-tier European club.

However, all good things come to an end and one knows that Simeone must eventually part ways with Atletico one day. Considering the team’s poor form this season, that day may not be far.

According to reports from Pedro Fullana, there is increasing criticism of Diego Simeone’s management in the inner circle of Atletico Madrid. The board is worried about certain aspects of the head coach’s ideology including his management of the squad and the performance of the team. 

While the pressure on Simeone has been increasing over the past few months, the team’s elimination from the group stage of the UEFA Champions League earlier this week seems to have catalysed the process.

The 2022/23 season has been sub-par for Atletico Madrid so far by all standards. The team are eight points behind leaders Real Madrid and five points behind Barcelona on the La Liga standings.

Further, they have been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and risk missing out on even the Europa League should they lose to Porto in their next European game. 

Joao Felix, whom the club invested on heavily, has been completely marginalised by El Cholo, which could be another reason for the club to question his methods.

Amidst the rising scrutiny, Simeone seems unfazed by the situation. But the coming weeks will be crucial in deciding the fate of the Colchoneros’ season as they begin their Copa Del Rey campaign and face relatively easy fixtures in La Liga.

The pressure on Simeone is real and could pose dire consequences if he fails to wake up and smell the coffee.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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