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Atletico Madrid need signings for ‘new energy’ – Simeone

Diego Simeone is targeting some new signings to reinvigorate an Atletico Madrid squad that “needs new energy”.

Atletico Madrid has lost nine games and surrendered 42 goals in their LaLiga championship defence, their lowest totals since the 2011-12 season, when Simeone was hired midway through the season.

They finished the season well, winning nine of their last 12 games to ensure a top-four finish and a spot in the Champions League for next season.

Simeone is confident in his team’s abilities but believes that Atleti could strive to make some energising moves.

“We have a strong squad. We have players who can give us what we want in almost all areas. We don’t need many players, but we do need some to reinforce a team that needs new energy,” said Simeone.

The Atleti boss took responsibility for the team’s shortcomings because he felt he did not do enough to solve the issues they faced.

Simeone said:

“I’m not happy with this season at all. After winning LaLiga, I always hoped to be closer to defending it. It’s a good lesson in life to keep learning,”

“The 4-4-2 and 5-3-2 that we were using made me feel a bit dizzy. There is not much difference between the two, but I could have done more than I did.

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“We have to refine things. We suffered from the absence of [Kieran] Trippier and were not able to solve it as I would have liked. [Marcos] Llorente played a whole year in a position where he couldn’t show what he showed last season.

“We suffered a lot with the central defenders – [Stefan] Savic and [Jose] Gimenez have had injuries and setbacks. They seem like excuses, but they are realities. I couldn’t solve it in the best way.

“There’s always a lot of self-criticisms, and it’s harsher than what the media says. We want to win. The club’s goal is to get into the Champions League, but ours is to win.

“It was an unusual season. We’re not used to conceding so many goals and we lost many games. But with all the difficulties we qualified for the Champions League with two games to spare.”

Atleti will hope to finish the season by defeating Real Sociedad on Sunday and claiming back-to-back away LaLiga wins for the first time since June 2022.

Los Colchoneros have won six of their 10 away games against Sociedad under Simeone, having won only six of the previous 28 such encounters.

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