With just one game to go until the midway point of the season, Atleti sits 13 points behind leaders Barcelona and is out of both the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. "We are out of the Champions League and the Cup, we have the entire second round left to reach the goal," Simeone said after the team's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. With the team exiting the Champions League group stages in last place for the first time in their history, Simeone has come under more pressure than ever before.
The Portuguese forward played all 90 minutes in a 3-1 Saudi Super Cup semi final defeat to Al-Ittihad
Despite overturning a 1-0 deficit in typical Real Madrid fashion, Ancelotti couldn't hide his disappointment with his team's performance. The game changed in the second half, however, as Real Madrid were able to get a foothold in the game thanks to goals by Rodrygo, Karim Benzema and Vini Jr. Ancelotti credited the bench with the team's comeback, praising the impact of Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Ceballos. The team has had to push itself to the limit in recent matches, even for some of the smaller fixtures. In their last six games, just two of them have seen Real Madrid score the opening goal and score in the first-half.