No Atleti crisis – Carrasco

Yannick Carrasco has dismissed talk of a crisis at Atletico Madrid despite the club sliding to 6th in La Liga, 12 points off city rivals Real.

Monday night’s defeat at Villarreal ensures Los Rojiblancos have lost four of their last six league outings, leading captain Gabi to state it was the club’s ‘most difficult run’ under current boss Diego Simeone – who is now being linked with a move away from the club.

"Everyone is talking of a crisis, but for me there isn't a crisis,” Carrasco is quoted as saying in Marca.

"It's normal that these results can happen to a team that plays at such a high level.

"We aren't where we want to be, but the season is long and there are many games left for us to get what we want.

"We have to work hard every day. We have very good players, a very good team and a very supportive group."

The 23-year-old went on to stress there was no panic from Simeone and their goal was to ensure a top four finish to qualify for the Champions Legaue.

"I see him the same as always. He is with us and we are with him. There's no pressure,” continued the Belgian international.

"For us, the most important thing is qualifying for the Champions League every year – that's our goal."

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