Atletico Madrid fans critical of coach Diego Simeone’s tactics should go out and buy their own club and pick their own starting at 11, president Enrique Cerezo said on Friday after his club’s quarterfinal exit at RB Leipzig .
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Cerezo failed in a 2-1 defeat to the unbeaten German side but, while acknowledging that there was a lot of criticism at the moment for Simeone, he added that he was not paying attention to the lone voice.
“Simeone was not arrogant and many did not agree with him yesterday. He chose the team and if you do not like it then go and buy your own club, build your own team and choose your own XI, “said Cerezo.
Simeone is the second longest serving Atletico coach of all time and has a contract until 2022 with the club, which he took in two League finals, two Europa League victories along with a La Liga title and a Copa del Rey .
Atleti also finished in the top three Spain in the last eight campaigns.
“We remain calm, the game did not go as planned and we had to go home but we were relaxed about everything else. I think we still have a great team, this is not our night,” Cerezo said. to journalists.
“The fans were disappointed and bad because the truth is we didn’t expect a result like this. But football, these things happened.
“I think we had a great season, we finished in the top three in La Liga and qualified for the Champions League with nothing easy to do.”