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Simeone addresses the fans whistling Koke

Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid
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Since moving to Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid set big expectations as they look to win the league for the first time since 2014.

Simeone’s men managed to get out of a bad slump in results by taking a hard-earned 1-0 win against Leverkusen last night.

This victory is especially important given that the team managed three consecutive draws in the league.

Morata scored in the absence of Joao Felix, who’s expected to be out of action for about a month.

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MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 28: Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid warms up prior to the Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Wanda Metropolitano on September 28, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Despite the unconvincing start to the season, Atletico is still just three points behind the league-leading Barcelona.

Efficiency is a big problem for the Madridians, as the team scored just eight goals in nine La Liga matches.

The fans aren’t happy with this, and they showed it last night in the Champions League encounter.

Club legend and hard-working midfielder, Koke, was whistled for his sub-par performances since the start of the season.

Commenting for AS on the whistles while Koke was subbed off, Simeone didn’t think much of it, simply assigning it to the passion and intensity of their fans.

“People do what they feel and what they see at that moment. I remember the time of Luis, Caminero, Kiko … They have whistled us all.

“People want you to play well today, but the recognition of Koke, when he leaves the locker room, they [fans] will have it. We are the ones who have to look for those whistles to become applause.”

Atletico will now host Bilbao in a big derby as Simeone’s team looks to gain the fans’ trust back with a solid league performance.