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Gil Marin: We need players totally committed to Atletico

SoccerNews in La Liga 20 May 2019

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Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin said the LaLiga club need “players totally committed” and ensured those who have “abandoned” the team will be replaced by quality amid Antoine Griezmann’s plans to leave.

Griezmann will depart Atletico after five years, with the France international and World Cup winner linked to LaLiga champions Barcelona, having turned down a move to Camp Nou last year.

It is set to be a busy off-season for Atletico, who will lose captain Diego Godin, Lucas Hernandez and Griezmann, while there is uncertainty over Rodri, Filipe Luis, Juanfran and Diego Costa.

And CEO Gil Marin called on the squad to step up next season amid a period of change, with Atletico coming off a runners-up finish in LaLiga this term.

“[We need] players totally committed to the project, in which the group is above any individuals, as we aim to compete at the highest level as we have been doing all these years,” Gil Marin said via the club’s website.

“Players who have abandoned our club will be replaced by players of the maximum level in order to continue competing and achieving the club’s objectives.

“It is important that some players who have been in the shadow of the dressing room take a step forward and assume a leading role.

“Those who arrive will have to adapt quickly to the way we understand football.

“We need our group to be made up of players who want to be here and feel proud of wearing this shirt and this should weigh more than the ambition to earn more money.”

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Bottom line is that as the Chief Executive you fail to see that keeping the coach is part of the problem as to why these players are not committed to stay anymore. Ask yourself why they are leaving, and you can start pointing out is 2nd place to 3rd place finishes that continue to be further and further away from 1st place with points, and getting knocked out in Copa Del Rey by Girona, and being up 2 gols vs Juventus (which was a miracle by the way), and continues to play the way that kept us from winning Champions… Read more »

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