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Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid have what it takes to compete at the highest level but, he as coach could be letting them down.

Speaking ahead of their league resumption, the gaffer said he would have to step up his game if things will change for good.

“We have a great squad – four players in the World Cup final,” Simeone said on Wednesday ahead of facing Elche.

“Maybe the one who is not giving everything is the coach. We have a great squad. I’m the one I have to improve so they can raise their level in LaLiga.

“They are more or less the same names that won LaLiga, except [Kieran] Trippier and [Luis] Suarez.

“The base of the LaLiga starters are here; there’s [Angel] Correa, [Yannick] Carrasco, Joao [Felix], [Jose] Gimenez… we added [Antoine] Griezmann.

“The coach is the one who is failing more than anything else.”

For this reason, Simeone is not concerned by the January transfer window, focusing instead on getting his key men fit and firing.

“When we have been on all four legs, we become strong. We need all four legs and that strength,” he said. “We have proven it for many years and we will continue to”.

Atletico are sitting currently fifth on the log with 24 points. Atletico failed to reach the champions league round of 16 in the current season and would have to focus on the domestic league

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