Since Atlético Madrid secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, it’s taken the midfielder just 30 minutes to share a heartfelt message with the fans.

Saúl Ñíguez’s missed penalty in the second leg of the round of 16 is already the butt of jokes, as is Rodrigo Riquelme’s missed chance. Jan Oblak’s saves secured passage to the next round in a mixed bag of emotions, with Inter taking the lead at the Civitas Metropolitano.

Saúl came on for the last 15 minutes, in a moment of high intensity. Simeone was forced to make his sixth substitution when Antoine Griezmann, absent for the last four games, requested a substitution, adding further tension to the game.

“Honestly, it’s hard for me to write in these moments, but just as I write in the good moments, I also have to write in the bad moments. It’s a shitty time for me on a sporting level, and I’m aware of that” explained Saúl on his X account (formerly Twitter). And the truth is that, after a promising start to the season, with five assists in the first seven LaLiga games and a goal against Celtic in November, he seems to have stagnated again.

“I accept all the criticism, and not just for the penalty today (Wednesday), but for the way I am at the moment. I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but the only thing they’ve taught me is that I have to keep working until I can change the situation” said the midfielder, who thanked the Colchoneros fans for their unconditional support before ending the article with a photo of the celebration.

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