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Atletico struggling under Diego Simeone as they make worst start to a season since he took over

The Argentine may be on the market should the poor form continue.

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AFTER JUST 15 games, Atletico Madrid find themselves a long way from the summit after falling to their fourth league defeat of the season.

Diego Simeone’s side lost 3-0 away to Villarreal to leave them in sixth place in La Liga, 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid.

It’s their worst start to a domestic campaign since the Argentine took over in 2011.

The timing isn’t ideal as rumours begin to swirl about Simeone’s next move. Early last week, he spoke of his desire to manage Inter – another of the teams he played for.

With Simeone having brought some immense success to the club – including the domestic championship in 2014 and two appearances in a Champions League final – many expected him to walk away after defeat to local rivals Real in their high-profile European decider in May.

But, he signed an extension to his contract in 2015 – rumoured to be a five-year deal and decided to stay put in the summer.

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However, should Atleti’s poor form continue, it’s unlikely the 46-year-old will stick around for much longer.

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