Chelsea push Abel Resino closer to Atletico exit with Bridge mauling
22 October 2009 11:18
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Atletico Madrid coach Abel Resino could be living on borrowed time after club president Enrique Cerezo admitted something needs to be done after their poor start to the season went from bad to worse with a 4-0 Champions League drubbing by Chelsea.
Defeat at Stamford Bridge has left Atletico with serious problems in Group D, where they are currently bottom of the standings with just one point from three games and well adrift of top two Chelsea and Porto.
That could spell an early exit from European competition for the Rojiblancos, and life in La Liga is not going much better either with the club down in 15th place after winning only one of their opening seven games.
Cerezo has so far been fully behind coach Resino, but Sunday's 3-0 mauling at Osasuna combined with the defeat in London could be testing that patience to breaking point, with reports in Spain suggesting Resino could be sacked.
Cerezo said after the Chelsea match: 'Inside 48 hours we have a league game and then a Copa del Rey match. This is what we are looking at.it is very worrying for us. I don't know what the solution is but we have to do something.
'We've let in a lot of goals and there is a psychological issue because we had a great first half (against Chelsea) up until they scored their first goal. Afterwards we have not been able to get our performance up to where it needed to be. It's a problem of concentration and attitude.'
Former Spain coach Luis Aragones, who has managed Atletico on four separate occasions during his long career, is one of the names being linked with the club, but Cerezo insists they have not been in contact with the Euro 2008 winner.
'Nobody has thought about him because we had hoped that things would improve. There is nothing decided but we have to look for a solution. I need to talk with the people at the club and see what can be done. But it's clear that the situation cannot continue like this,' Cerezo said.
The other coaches being linked with Atletico are Michael Laudrup, Quique Sanchez Flores and Bernd Schuster, all of whom are former managers at neighbours Getafe.