Atletico chief pledges support to Simeone

2019-03-15 20:35
Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone (AP)

Madrid - Diego Simeone has been given the backing of Atletico Madrid's chief executive Miguel Angel Gil, after the club's disappointing exit from the Champions League.

Atletico lost 3-2 on aggregate to Juventus in the last 16 on Tuesday, a defeat made worse by the fact the tournament's final will be played at their own Wanda Metropolitano in June.

Simeone, who signed a new contract in February until 2022, has turned Atletico into one of the most feared teams in Europe since he took charge eight years ago.

But there has been criticism of his defensive style of play while his team are set to end this season without a trophy, given they also lie seven points behind Barcelona in La Liga.

"I fully trust in our project and in Simeone," said Gil, in an official club statement on Friday.

"I offered Diego his new contract the week after the 4-0 defeat in Dortmund and it was not to go against the grain or to thank him for these seven years.

"It was because I am convinced that we will enjoy the next three years just as much as we have done so far. I'm sure Diego will complete a decade at Atletico Madrid that will change our history."


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.