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Cerci: I don't like the bench

Alessio Cerci is threatening to leave Atletico Madrid in the winter transfer window if he does not receive more playing time.

The Italy international has yet to start a game for the Spanish champions since moving to the Vicente Calderon stadium this summer from Serie A side Torino.

We will see what happens in January.

It all depends on how much I play at Atletico.

I don't like the bench.

For several years I had a starring role in Turin and I'm not good at sitting on the bench, I lose my patience.

– Alessio Cerci speaking to Rai

Simeone insists he's happy at Atletico

Diego Simeone has poured cold water on speculation linking him with a move away from Atletico Madrid, insisting he is happy at the club and that he has unfinished business with the Spanish champions.

I feel very good at Atletico. I always want to continue improving, I'm never satisfied. I don't know what the limit of this team is, I will continue looking.

The happiness of completing three years at a club that I love so much is huge. I always think they can get rid of me, (but) I'm only thinking about Malaga.

– Diego Simeone speaking to Marca

Koke sticking with Atletico

Koke does not regret his decision to stay with Atletico Madrid, believing Diego Simeone's side will continue to improve.

We must thank the interest of Barcelona and other teams, but I'm happy because I want to be here, I've been here all my life and it was not time to go.

The club is growing, we are growing as players - why I would go at the best time of Atletico Madrid?

– Koke speaking to Onda Cero


Simeone admits Atletico are under pressure

Atletico fell to a surprise defeat at Olympiacos. Credit: PA

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted defeat in their Champions League opener at Olympiacos has piled the pressure on his side ahead of their next fixture against Juventus.

The Argentinian told the club's official website: "Olympiacos start from a very strong position to qualify and it makes us more uncomfortable to play at home against Juventus, who also started from a good position."

"I think the team attacked well, they had very clear chances in the first half, but they were hard on the attack.

"Olympiacos were precise when scoring and we weren't with the chances we had."

Eight-game ban for Simeone

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been handed an eight-game ban by the Spanish football federation following his actions during Friday's Supercopa second leg against Real Madrid.

Simeone was sent to the stands during the first half of the clash at the Vicente Calderon after aggressively remonstrating with the fourth official, who he then tapped on the back of the head.

The Argentinian's ban has been made up of four different punishments and includes a combined fine of 4,805 euros (£3,800). Atletico have also been fined 2,800 euros (£2,230).

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