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Amsterdam Tournament: Lazio 1 Atletico Madrid 3

Posted by atleti on August 4, 2007

Atletico Madrid eased to a 3-1 win over Lazio thanks to goals from Braulio, Luis Garcia and Jose Antonio Reyes.

I didn’t have an opportunity to watch the entire game. I did catch a bit of the first half (10 minutes or so) and the entire second half. It’s great to see Atleti win…convincingly and not simply scrape by!

Here are some very brief, random notes and observations:

-After much digging through the Atleti forums, it’s clear that I didn’t miss much, in terms of the first half: overall, it left much to be desired. The second half, however, was excellent (in terms of possession and pressure on the Lazio defence, plus two goals)

-Eller (lacks pace) and Ze Castro as a centre-back unit do NOT work well together at all; the defence was incredibly shaky (as per usual). I hate to sound like a broken record, but something must be done or the defence will be our demise. Personally, I think a solid centre-back would sort things out.

-Julián Vara and Braulio (from the B squad) had fairly good games. Vara is a defender and if used in the main squad, would most likely be a sub for left-back Seitaridis. Braulio took his goal well; quality finishing by the youngster.

Stand-out performances of the game? Luis Garcia and Jose Antonio Reyes were absolutely excellent- not only did they score two golazos, but they add an abundance of creativity to a squad that has lacked ideas for such a long time. Both were eventually subbed out to prevent injury, which is perfectly fine with me. I want them to be in tip-top shape for Derby Day.

-Another great performance by Simao (his second with the club, by the way).

-Costinha and Mista: I hope both are shown the door this summer. If he’s not raking up cards, Costinha is practically non-existent on the pitch. As for Mista, another non-existent performance by him. He’s passed it, doesn’t add anything to the attack, and should leave the club before the start of Liga.

-Raul Garcia, impressive game for the midfielder- very active and spot-on passing during most of his time on the pitch.

-Leo Franco: in general, a reliable keeper, but he can be poor at times. Case in point: he nearly directed a goal into the net by not accurately punching it properly. Thank goodness it hit the post.

-Maxi- another hard-working performance, but still no goal to show for his efforts, still struggling to find his razor-sharp form (the form prior to the horrific injury he suffered in 06/07).

The best is yet to come!

Leo Franco; Vara, Zé Castro, Eller, Pernía; Reyes (Antonio López, 73), Luccin (Raúl García, 61), Maniche, Simao (Luis García, 46 (Costinha, 80); Maxi Rodríguez (Mista, 62) and Braulio.

Goals: Braulio (38), Luis Garcia (65), Reyes (69)

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3 Responses to “Amsterdam Tournament: Lazio 1 Atletico Madrid 3”

  1. Dew said

    I LOVE *LUIS GARCIA*.

  2. atleti said

    Big fan of him, too!

  3. Thank you for sharing the info. I found the info incredibly helpful.

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