Saúl Ñíguez sends heartfelt apology to Atlético fans after Inter win: ‘A sh**ty moment for me’

The latest social media activity on the part of Atlético Madrid star Saúl Ñíguez has piqued widespread attentions in the early hours of Thursday.

This comes after the midfielder moved to issue a public apology to the Atléti faithful.

Diego Simeone’s troops, of course, are fresh off a memorable night’s work, which saw them march on to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Faced with a 1-0 first leg deficit, the Rojiblancos battled to a 2-1 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano, before putting Serie A giants Inter Milan to the sword once and for all by way of a penalty shootout.

And yet, whilst the celebrations got underway in Spain’s capital, one member of Simeone’s ranks who nevertheless found himself in dour mood was the aforementioned Saúl Ñíguez.

Introduced off the bench late in the action on Wednesday, Saúl struggled through his cameo, before also missing a spot-kick during the shootout.

Amid what has long stood as one of the more trying stretches of his career, the Spanish international, in turn, has taken to social media, to open up to Atlético’s supporters.

In a lengthy post on his official ‘X’ account, Saúl took full responsibility for his recent woes, a spell he labels as ‘a sh**ty moment for me in terms of sports’:

‘Honestly, it’s difficult for me to write at this moment, but just as I write in the good times, I must do it in the bad times. It’s a sh**ty moment for me in terms of sports, and I’m aware… I accept all criticism, not just for today’s penalty but for how I am at the moment. I don’t exactly know what it is, but the only thing I’ve been taught is to keep working in good times and bad, until I manage to change the situation. Thank you for being there in good times and bad. Aupa Atleti!’

Conor Laird | GSFN

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