Atletico Madrid were promised to be up for La Liga title this season but they have been steadily reduced to playing for a top four finish. Atleti’s form since December has been pretty much inconsistent and there have been one or two whispers on their coach Javier Aguirre.
The Mexican was drafted into the coaching role at one of the biggest clubs in Spain at the start of last season after he had just guided modest Osasuna to a top four finish in the Spanish first division. Last season Atletico finished seventh and did qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time since their promotion back into the first division.
This season though Atleti were supposedly title contenders but they are actually playing for a UEFA Champions League place. But Aguirre believes that he shall last at Atleti beyond the summer and insists:
“I know clearly that I want to continue here. We spoke of a project, a future for a club with massive potential. I have a contract until the 30th of June and one clause which guarantees renewal (if the team enters Europe). I know it clearly.
“The objective is clear to all of us and we are all aiming towards that. There is unity in the squad. We have never taken our eye off the ball and have a solid position from which to qualify for the Champions League.”
Well, there could some changes at the Vicente Calderon in the summer and although playing in the Champions League would be a massive success for Atletico, they would certainly like to raise the bar and step up one level. Whether Aguirre is let to do that or not remains to be seen.