Only two rounds of matches have been played in La Liga so far this season but Atletico Madrid already find themselves four points behind league-leaders Real Madrid.
And they could also find themselves the same distance behind Barcelona, who take on Athletic Bilbao, by the end of Sunday night.
Diego Simeone’s men drew their opener against newly-promoted Alaves at the Vicente Calderon last weekend, and followed up that result with an equally disappointing 0-0 draw against Leganes, another promoted side, on Saturday night.
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The team’s star man, Antoine Griezmann, was rested for the first match but returned for this weekend’s clash at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque.
But despite the Frenchman’s presence, Atleti failed to break down the home side and were forced to settle for another point.
Griezmann: We will be fighting relegation at this rate
Griezmann was angry after the final whistle and warned his teammates that they must improve - and quickly.
In fact, the 25-year-old, who was beaten to UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday, said Atletico will be fighting against relegation unless there’s a significant improvement in the players’ performance levels.
"If we continue like this, we will fight for relegation," the French forward was quoted as saying by Goal.
"We are angry, we must shake up because otherwise we will be out of hand. We must begin to be ourselves."
Simeone: We must remain calm
Simeone, however, called for his players to remain calm following a surprisingly poor start to the 2016-17 campaign.
"We have to remain calm and keep working," the Argentine was also quoted as saying by Goal. "With work and enthusiasm we'll find what we're looking for.
"I'm not ashamed about the fact that we're lacking cutting edge and that this is happening to us.
"I am happy with the work of my players."
He added: "Maybe there is a slight nervousness when it comes to trying to score goals, but we created chances and they did not.
"We failed to turn the play we created into goals. In other matches we have had fewer chances, but we've scored."
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