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By ESPN Staff
Feb 2, 2009

Aguirre defiant despite Atletico's struggles

Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre remains determined to see the job through despite finding himself under increasing pressure following a miserable start to 2009.

Sunday's 2-1 home loss to Real Valladolid has left Atletico with a record of five defeats and two draws from their seven league and cup matches since the turn of the year.

That dismal run has seen Atletico knocked out of the Copa del Rey and fall down to seventh in La Liga, 24 points behind leaders Barcelona and five behind the Champions League places.

It has also seen Aguirre come under heavy fire from fed-up supporters, but despite admitting his team had reached rock-bottom the former Mexico boss is adamant he is not going to throw in the towel.

"I've not thought about resigning," said Aguirre, whose side finished 2008 on a 15-match unbeaten streak.

"I know the squad and the dressing room. We are all eager to turn the current situation around. We only need a good result to get out out of this slump. Despite the bad play I have confidence in the squad."

He added: "We've hit the bottom as far as play and results go, we can't play any worse.

"Our opponents (Valladolid) were better and adapted better to the adverse weather conditions. We're not pleased with the team's play, although the players' attitude was good."

Aguirre received the support of his president Enrique Cerezo a few weeks ago and the coach insists he has heard nothing since then to suggest a change of mind.

"I have a contract until June 30 and I signed it in front of two people. Neither of those two have told me that I'm not going to continue with the club," Aguirre said.

"I have to try to do the best possible and hope that at the end of the season we can be among the top four teams in the league."

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