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Diego Simeone set to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season – report

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Diego Simeone is widely recognised as one of the great reformers at Atletico Madrid. Since taking charge in 2011, the Argentine tactician has changed the outlook and fortunes of the capital club from Spain, notably winning two La Liga titles.

However, Simeone’s status at Atleti has taken a slight hit recently, following the club’s underwhelming performances in both the league and in Europe.

Since winning the league in 2020, Atletico Madrid have found limited success in the competitions, notably getting knocked out of Europe during the first half of the ongoing campaign.

Atletico Madrid’s shock exit from Europe, coupled with their shortcomings in La Liga has led to increased doubts over Simeone’s future at the club.

Amidst this, journalist Paco Garcia on El Chiringuito has claimed that the Argentine coach is set to leave the Metropolitano at the end of the season. It is stated that Simeone has already informed Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin about his decision to leave in the summer.

This should come as a major shock for Atletico Madrid fans, who have come to idolise Simeone for what he has done for the club.

The 52-year-old tactician, after all, has overseen 604 competitive matches in charge of the Rojiblancos. During this period, he has secured 354 wins with a points-per-game ratio of almost 2.

In addition to his longevity, Simeone has led Los Colchoneros to eight titles, including a couple of La Liga trophies. More importantly, the Argentine was able to bring forth an identity Atleti have now become synonymous with – a brand of aggressive football with emphasis on defensive rigidity and counter-attacking football.

But with Simeone now facing an uncertain future at the club, Atletico Madrid have a crucial period ahead as they look to not only convince the Argentine to prolong his stay at the club but also search for replacements, in case the manager has already made up his mind about an exit from the Civitas Metropolitano.

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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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