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Atleti need goals from Aguero, Forlan

Atletico Madrid coach Quique Sanchez Flores believes his team will not qualify for Europe unless they start scoring more goals.

Atletico have drawn their last two games, and prior to their last win against Real Zaragoza, were on the back of five-game losing streak.

Their poor form this season now sees them 8th in the La Liga standings, in a season which they were expected to be challenging for European qualification.

One major issue that has been plaguing Sanchez Flores all season has been his side's inability to find the net, having only scored 36 goals in 26 games, compared to the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid who have already notched up tallies of 77 and 55 goals respectively.

With sixth-placed Athletic Bilbao in the final qualification spot for the Europa League on 38 points, three ahead on Atletico, Sanchez Flores' men are not totally out of the reckoning for an European spot.

However, should they be aiming to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League, fourth-placed Villarreal are currently a massive 15 points ahead of them.

Regardless of the magnitude of their aspirations for the remainder of the season, Sanchez Flores knows that if his first choice strike-force do not start to fire, Atletico will have little hope of challenging for qualification to either competition.

Argentinean forward Sergio Aguero has only scored eight goals in 19 appearances this season, while strike partner Diego Forlan, who was won the Pichichi Trophy for being the top scorer in La Liga twice, has been even more disappointing, with seven goals in 23 games.

According to Elmundo.com, Sanchez Flores revealed: "If we want to achieve our objective, we must have goals from both Kun [Aguero] and Forlan. It is not feasible otherwise."

"Between now and the end of the season, the team needs to make sure that we find the goals"

Sanchez Flores did however refuse to give up on qualifying for Europe next season, believing that should his team answer his challenge to start scoring, they can achieve their goals.

"I always see the positive side and the fifth and sixth places are within five and three points."

"Every point comes at the brutal cost of effort and sacrifice."

Sanchez Flores has been at the helm of Valencia since October 2009 and led the club to Europa League glory last season, triumphing over English side Fulham 2-1.

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