Diego Simeone insists he will only attempt to win back support” through actions, not words” after another disappointing day for Atletico Madrid.
Beaten by third-tier Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey this week, Atleti were held to a 0-0 draw on Sunday at home to Leganes, a team that started the afternoon bottom of LaLiga.
With no wins and only one goal from their past four games in all competitions, questions have been raised about whether Simeone’s undoubtedly effective time in charge at the club could be coming to an end.
Defeat in the derby to Real Madrid next Saturday will only intensify calls for the head coach to leave, but Simeone is determined to show that he can salvage Atleti’s season.
“I can’t say anything to the people [who don’t have faith],” he told reporters. “All I can do is show them through actions, not words.
“I am respectful to everybody. I was whistled because I wasn’t doing well in my second spell at the club [as a player]. The fans are critical when the team doesn’t win. And it is for me to find solutions to that.
98′ [ 0-0 ] FT in the Wanda @Metropolitano.
We tried until the last second but were not able to get our objective.
“The first thing we will need to do is to get back working. After that, I will make my decisions based on what I believe is best for the team. We’ve got a week to return to peace and calm, which is something you need in soccer.
“I have a terrific squad and a few lads are expected back from injury this week. On Saturday, we’ll be going out with the hope of winning the match.”
Simeone refused to criticize the Wanda Metropolitano fans for their support on Sunday and stressed Atleti could have won the game had they revealed a more clinical edge in the second half.
“The public get you moving, they get involved and do their part in encouraging the group,” he said. “We’ve just played two games away from home that did not turn out well and the fans were great today.
“On other days, you may easily end up losing games like this. We could have won the game in the second half.”