Diego Simeone has made a rallying call to Atletico Madrid fans to support him and his team after their recent stalemate with Eibar.
Simeone brought in young player Borja Garces for Rodri as the Rojiblancos went in search for victory at the displeasure of the home fans with the tie ending in a 1-1 draw.
“The fans need to understand what I am trying, like our players do,” Simeone told reporters, as cited by Diario AS.
“It would have been possible for me to keep Rodri on but substitute off Koke or Saul instead, but I believe they are better in the phases of attack and transition into the final third.
“Fans come to the games and expect to win, that is now the culture of the club, but we must manage that and get them on our side.
“Rodri was playing well, and I took him off, so I understand, but I work with the players and know who works best for the individual situations.
“The Eibar goalkeeper was fantastic, and we must congratulate him, whilst also showing patience.”