Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Alavés, Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone took full responsibility for his team’s recent run, which has seen them exit the Champions League and have their lead cut to four points at the top of LaLiga.

We won’t look for excuses, we have to live with a lot of things at this time. The one who needs to improve and grow so they [the players] respond is me. That’s the first step.

They are professionals and they know what this game is like. It’s happened to us before. The team trained well yesterday, with focus ahead of Alavés. I feel like the team is giving everything, ten out of ten in every area. I’m the one who has to make more demands of myself, the responsibility is mine.”