December 2, 2021

Diego Simeone hints Atletico Madrid exit by end of season after shocking Copa del Rey loss

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Diego Simeone hints Atletico Madrid exit by end of season after shocking Copa del Rey loss

Diego Simeone has suggested that he could leave Atletico Madrid by the end of the season after its terrible 1-0 loss to third-tier Cornella in the Copa del Rey second round.

Simeone rested plenty of key players, but still played several notable players with the likes of Joao Felix, Saul Niguez and Jose Gimenez, but their firepower wasn’t enough clearly after ending the game with zero shots on target.

An Adrian Jimenez goal as early as seven minutes into the game proved to be the winner for the hosts, while Ricard Sendra was sent off for Atleti shortly after the hour mark.

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That’s two seasons in a row wherein Atletico have been eliminated by a third tier side, falling to Cultural Leonesa in the third round last season, and Simeone had everyone questioned after the game when he hinted that he may not be around next year to right the wrongs.

“[Cornella] played better,” he said via Goal.

“In the whole game, what they wanted was always done better than what we wanted. They took advantage of the set-piece situations and immediately found the goal.

“The boys tried to compete in the best way. In the first half, we had more chances, and in the second, it was rockier. It got difficult after the red card.

“This competition has not given us satisfaction in recent years but solutions will have to be found if we are here next year.”

Simeone was also specifically asked about his future, but he again decided to offer up a cryptic response.

“Things change all the time in football, and you have to be open to all possibilities,” he added via The Daily Mail.

“I’m very happy here but you have to be open to whatever the club decides.”

It would come as a huge surprise to see Simeone, who is under contract until 2022, leave Atletico Madrid.

Atleitco are currently the leaders in La Liga, two points ahead of Real Madrid with an extra two games in hand, and have made it through to the Champions League knockout stages, so it’s not as if things are actually going badly this season, but losing in such humiliating fashion yet again obviously raises some eyebrows.

On the defeat, Saul added: “We apologise to the fans. We never throw away competitions, but in these single-game editions we are not doing well.”

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