Atletico Struggles to Keep Up with Rival Madrid: A Tough Battle Ahead

Diego Simeone acknowledges that Atletico Madrid fell short this season due to Real Madrid’s dominance, making it hard to compete with the best team in the world. Even though Atleti is on track for fourth place in LaLiga, they are 21 points behind Carlo Ancelotti’s title-winning team.

Atletico faced defeat in the Champions League quarter-finals against Borussia Dortmund and a loss in the Copa del Rey semi-finals to Athletic Club. Simeone recognizes this as their third consecutive season without a trophy and believes they could have performed better.

The coach stresses the responsibility of qualifying for the Champions League each year, with the goal of winning the title. However, competing with a rejuvenated Real Madrid poses challenges that require more than 100% effort to bridge the gap between the two teams.

Although Atletico was close to reaching the Copa del Rey final and Champions League semi-finals, they fell short, creating a sense of unfulfilled potential. Simeone emphasizes the need for improvement and growth to enhance the team’s performance in the future.

He credits the players and coaching staff for their hard work and dedication, highlighting the continuous effort to compete at a high level since his tenure began. Simeone remains optimistic about the team’s prospects but acknowledges the need for constant evolution and development.

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