Impulsive fans should trust me, says Simeone

Atletico Madrid fans reacted angrily to one of Diego Simeone's substitutions during the underwhelming draw with Eibar.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone   -  Getty Images

Diego Simeone has asked "impulsive" Atletico Madrid supporters to trust him after they booed one of his substitutions during the 1-1 draw with Eibar on Saturday. 

Fans reacted angrily to Simeone's decision to replace Rodrigo with 19-year-old debutant Borja Garces in the 71st minute as he looked to find a way to break down their stubborn visitor. 

The Atleti boss had the last laugh, though, as Garces thundered home from 15 yards to snatch a point with almost the last kick of the game after Sergi Enrich had given Eibar the lead three minutes from time.

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Barcelona's win over Real Sociedad later on Saturday means that Atleti is already seven points off the LaLiga summit after just four games. 

"The team understood that I wanted to win the game and I could have taken off Koke and Saul in place of Rodrigo," Simeone said. 

"But, I thought that they can create better transition in attack. The fans come here and they are very impulsive."

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"They see a player doing well and I take him off. But, the manager who works with them every day put on a striker and that player went on to score the goal to draw the game."

Atleti should have been out of sight long before Enrich's goal, but found Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic in inspired form.

The Serbian produced a string of stunning saves to deny Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin, Diego Costa and Saul Niguez.

Simeone added: "The team had chances to go in with an advantage at the break. Their keeper was spectacular. You have to congratulate him. We have to keep looking for these chances so the goal appears."

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