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Resino calls for backing in Champions League bid

Atletico Madrid coach Abel Resino has appealed to the club's fans to temper their frustrations and get behind the team over the remaining games of the season as the Rojiblancos battle to get back into the Champions League.

Atletico's supporters have become increasingly disenchanted with their side's performances this term and have not been slow to vent their anger during recent home games.

The latest display of discontent came during Sunday night's home clash with Sporting Gijon, where Atletico were looking to bounce back from their humiliating 5-1 defeat to Racing Santander on Thursday.

Atletico won the clash 3-1 to move back to within four points of fourth-placed Valencia, but Resino admits his side need the fans behind them if they are to overhaul Los Che during the final five games - three of which are at home.

"It wasn't the first time that this has happened. Surely in the entire history of the club, there have been other complicated situations like this one," said Resino on his team's website.

"However, the team showed that they have strength of mind, because playing here was not easy with the fans so angry.

"Now we have to keep working hard on this aspect and win back the supporters, because this team can't play at this ground with their fans against them.

"The public protested and their way of doing that was to whistle. However, the players and I are going to turn this situation around.

"We guarantee that we will give our maximum effort and commitment and I hope that the fans appreciate it. The players are professionals and the most important thing is that they give everything for the 90 minutes."

Atletico's next fixture is away to Real Betis, before they face key back-to-back home matches against improving Espanyol and Valencia. After that Atletico travel to Athletic Bilbao, and then complete their campaign against Almeria at the Vicente Calderon.


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