Atlético Madrid's head coach resigns just a week before Champions League clash with Man City

Atletico Madrid knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League last season (PA Images)
Atletico Madrid knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League last season (PA Images)
12:26pm, Wed 09 Oct 2019
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Atlético Madrid's head coach, José Luis Sánchez Vera, has resigned just days before his side play Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Sánchez Vera has only been in charge for a year but has quit citing personal reasons. The Spaniard was in charge when England's Toni Duggan signed for the side in the summer.

He said: “I love Atlético Madrid. I have to be honest with myself and the people that trusted me, with my players, my technical team and our fans. Hopefully our paths will cross again in the future.”

No replacement has yet been announced. Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League last season by Atlético Madrid and the old rivals will be battling again next Wednesday.

The Spanish side have never made it past the last 16 stage while City have made the semi-finals twice.

Sánchez Vera had a near perfect run in his first year as manager. He won the Primera Division league and only lost two games during the tournament. His contract was supposed to run until 2021.

He will however continue his role as the head of the analysis department for the academy.

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