Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has demanded the club improve his playing squad before the start of the 2013-14 season.
In an interview with Fox Sports, the Argentine admitted he was aware of the economic difficulties Atleti faced but maintained it could be tough to remain competitive next season as they have yet to sign anyone or replaced striker Radamel Falcao.
“Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have signed players. Madrid have brought in Isco and Barca have bought Neymar. On the other hand, we have still not signed anyone so it is going to be difficult.”
“People are working hard and seeking solutions, yet to move on we must strengthen the squad we already have. If we don’t then what we have done up until now will be very hard to improve upon,” insisted Simeone.
Next season Atleti will be competing in the Champions League after finishing third last term and Simeone is hoping to bring in reinforcements soon, especially after the loss of Falcao to Monaco.
“We’ve still not replaced Falcao but I hope that situation will be resolved shortly. We need to be up there with the best in the competition we will be in.
“Previously we were playing in the Europa League and now we’ll be in the Champions League. It will be different and we’ll need all our artillery.
“I realise Atletico can’t buy anyone for €50m, yet without breaking the club’s budget we still need to improve the team and bring in more players,” he concluded.