Gabi has dismissed the value of the Europa League and stated the probability of exiting the Champions League ‘really hurts’ Atletico Madrid.
The 34-year-old was commenting after Tuesday’s draw with Qarabag left Diego Simeone’s on the brink of elimination from the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition.
“The Europa League is a piece of rubbish, as far as we’re concerned,” Gabi told BeIn Sports.
“We had a poor first half and tried to turn the score around but we were not able to and it is really hurts us.
“We must keep working and draw on this experience to make us stronger in the future.
“It used to be for us we were very tight defensively and were clinical with the chances we created but now we are creating a lot more but conceding fewer and giving up more chances.
“Can we go through? Nobody is using the word impossible but the chances of us progressing are very slim.”