La Liga side Leganes has parted company with Mauricio Pellegrino following a 2-0 loss to Getafe, which continued a winless start to the season.

Los Pepineros have collected just two points from their opening nine games and are currently seven points adrift of 17th-placed Celta Vigo in the league.

The former Southampton, Alaves and Valencia manager was appointed at the start of last season and guided Leganes to survival and a respectable 13th in La Liga.

But results took a turn for the worse at the beginning of this campaign and the club issued a statement on Monday on the Argentine’s future.

"Leganes and Mauricio Pellegrino have decided mutually to go their separate ways," the statement read.

 "The Argentine coach, who last year led the team to secure its status in the top flight, will not be in charge of the team for next week's game against Mallorca.

"Reserve team coach Luis Cembranos and his assistant Carlos Martinez will take charge of the team for the next few training sessions."

Joao Felix can become "one of the best", according to Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Atletico beat Leganes 1-0 courtesy of a second-half goal from Vitolo, who was played in by €120million signing Joao Felix for the decisive strike.

Oblak heaped praise on the 19-year-old's performance while hailing the team's game management across a contest in which they survived 10 attempts on goal from Leganes.

"I knew he had great talent, great potential," Oblak said of his Portugal international team-mate.

"The club has made a lot of effort to bring him here and we all agree that they have brought a high-quality player and that he can become one of the best, for sure.

"At the moment he is playing very well and hopefully he continues like this, giving us joy.

"It was a complicated game. Any team will have problems here against Leganes.

"Vitolo came on and scored the winning goal but in general the whole team played in the best possible way. We have defended well, we have suffered.

"It is important to know how to suffer because you cannot dominate the whole game."

Diego Simeone echoed Oblak's comments about Leganes, against whom he fielded a back three rather than his usual four.

The approach paid off as Atleti ground out a second win in as many games.

Simeone told reporters: "We needed to win and tried to do so in different ways. We changed things around and we won.

"Leganes never allow you to relax - they're very strong at home."

Vitolo spared Atletico Madrid's blushes as Diego Simeone's side claimed a slender 1-0 triumph at Leganes to make it two wins from as many games this season.

Atletico looked to be in danger of dropping their first points of the season on Sunday, having beaten Getafe in their season opener, but substitute Vitolo finished coolly 19 minutes from time to seal the victory.

Alvaro Morata was one of few players to look even remotely threatening in the first half, with proceedings not offering much excitement until the second half, which saw a flurry of action early on.

Both sides struck the frame of the goal and Joao Felix wasted a glorious opportunity, but the €120million signing made amends by setting Vitolo up for the winner.

Atletico shaded a generally drab first period, with Morata the only player to go close.

He first shot wide from Koke's low cross in the third minute and half an hour later latched on to Kieran Trippier's lofted ball only to be thwarted by the approaching Juan Soriano as he attempted to prod an effort over the goalkeeper.

The second half began in much livelier fashion – Joao Felix spurning a glorious chance in the 50th minute when needlessly attempting a scissor-kick from 12 yards with the goal gaping.

Leganes went even closer soon after when Jonathan Silva's free-kick struck the crossbar, before Koke nudged a Morata cross onto the post.

Atletico eventually wrapped up the win in the 71st minute, as Joao Felix drove in from the right, picked out Vitolo in the box and the forward swept home confidently with his left foot.

 

What does it mean? Simeone's tactical alteration does not backfire

Simeone opted to deploy a back three, a change from the usual four-man defence. While it might have seemed a strange decision given they were expected to win anyway, it certainly did not hinder Atletico.

After all, the free-kick aside, Leganes rarely threatened. Given Atletico's numerous centre-back options this season, we may well see more of that back three.

Vitolo a driving force

Introduced for Mario Hermoso after an hour, Vitolo had a fine impact off the bench. The winger has had a difficult time since joining from Sevilla, but he looked more like his old self on Sunday, getting into scoring positions and worrying the defence with some driving runs.

Omeruo invites pressure

While Dimitrios Siovas mostly looked solid at the back for Leganes, Kenneth Omeruo was anything but. The Nigerian centre-back made several mistakes that put his team on the back foot and he often appeared shaky.

What's next?

Atletico return to the Wanda Metropolitano next Sunday to host Eibar. Leganes go to Real Betis a day prior.

Leganes have signed Kenneth Omeruo on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

The 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at the Butarque stadium, has signed a five-year contract.

Omeruo joined Chelsea from Standard Liege in 2012 but never made a competitive appearance for the Premier League club.

He had loan spells with ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Kasimpasa and Alanyaspor before spending 2018-19 in LaLiga.

"We would like to thank Kenneth for his service and wish him all the best for the future," Chelsea said in a statement announcing the deal.

Omeruo, who will wear the number four shirt with Leganes, could make his debut in their opening LaLiga fixture of the season against Osasuna on Saturday.

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