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Atletico's Champions League exit: Coach takes blame

IANS  |  Madrid 

Atletico Madrid Argentine head has said he was to blame for the early exit from round of 16 at the hands of Juventus.

Atletico squandered a 2-0 first leg advantage as the Spanish side conceded a hat-trick by star in the second leg played at the Italian team's home pitch Allianz Stadium, reports news.

This defeat was so bad that pundits, coaches, owners and fans have openly criticized the team's playing style and playmakers.

Accepting the fact that the criticism he has received since the Juventus defeat is well-founded, the said: "If the fans want to hold someone (accountable) it is me."

"I have absolutely nothing to say to the fans. Simply to show gratitude to them (for their support) since I have arrived as a until today," said during a press conference ahead of a away game against Athletic Bilbao.

However, no one yet is calling for the head of as his defenders -- of which there are still many -- credit him with being the of the club's last seven glorious years when it hoisted seven trophies, including the 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 titles.

During his playing career, Simeone had two spells at the Spanish team, between 1994 and 1997 and then he came back to Atletico in 2003 until 2006.

In the first tenure as player, Simeone helped the capital side win a title and hoist the Copa del Rey trophy, both in the 1995-1996 season.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 10:28 IST
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