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UEFA: Atlético Madrid v Kayseri Erciyesspor

Posted by atleti on September 19, 2007

Here are the chosen 18 for the first leg tomorrow (Thursday):

2 Seitaridis.
3 Antonio López.
4 Pernía.
6 Cléber Santana.
7 Forlán.
8 Raúl García.
9 Luis García.
10 Agüero.
11 Maxi Rodríguez.
12 Fabiano Eller.
13 Abbiati.
14 Zé Castro.
15 Jurado.
18 Maniche.
20 Mista.
21 Perea.
24 Simão.
25 Leo Franco.

According to AS, Aguirre is expected to field this starting 11:

Abbiati; Perea, Antonio Lopez; Eller; Ze Castro; Jurado, Cleber Santana; Maniche; Luis Garcia; Mista; Forlan


Antonio Lopez on Thursday’s UEFA:
…we have a chance for revenge on Thursday: we have plenty of chances to score, and to keep the concessions to zero. 

Aguirre’s thoughts:
[Erciyesspor] is a club with many unpronounceable names…it’s a [team] organised defensively, that plays with two strikers who don’t defend but [thrive on counter-attacks]. We believe that we will have a good game and [will eliminate them] at home.

The [1st leg] should be a party, similar to [the game against] Vojvodina. We should score goals…We should play good, create [goal-scoring opportunities]…we plan the same against Racing because we cannot afford to lose more points. This club has Champions League quality and it’s time to show it.

That’s nice. NOW DO IT. It’s time to ‘walk the walk’, as the saying goes. ESPECIALLY in Liga. We need to create more goal-scoring opportunities and take our chances better. Players, particularly Forlan, need to score goals and prove he was worth the amount we’ve shelled out for him.

In other not-so-new news: It’s been mentioned here on the blog already, but the Spanish press has recently reported it– that manager Aguirre is set to rotate the squad regularly, to keep some players injury-free and fairly rested for all three competitions (the domestic league, Copa del Rey, and UEFA). Aguirre came out and said this during a press conference a week or so ago. My issue? We don’t play well with our current Liga starting 11 (just see our previous two games)– he needs to sort that out. I still believe he should be sacked.

16 Responses to “UEFA: Atlético Madrid v Kayseri Erciyesspor”

  1. Mohammed said

    I have to say that i’ve been reading your blog for a while now and i find it very interesting. I’m a big fan of Atletico Madrid.
    any way, I think we need to win with a good result not because our team is not performing well, but because the opponent is from the 2nd division in Turkey.

  2. atleti said

    Hi, Mohammed, thanks for your comment & contribution. Always glad to hear from another Atleti supporter.

    I agree 100%– we need a huge win against this club.

  3. lara said

    Here’s hoping for the win!! It’s good to see Abbiati and Luis Garcia there. I hope the boys have a more organized, connected game – with far more attacking than we saw on the weekend. What time is the game?

    (“[Erciyesspor] is a club with many unpronounceable names” LOL, is Aguirre worried this might affect us somehow?)

  4. lara said

    I’m not a big Mourinho fan but he knows how to win and I hear he’s looking for a job … ;)

    But I heard that Atletico is fully supporting Aguirre and saying his job is not in jeopardy.

  5. atleti said

    Yeah, I think Mourinho to Atletico would be fantastic. It would link him up with Maniche and Simao, fellow countrymen. I’m not holding my breath though…he might be waiting for a Champions League club.

    I wouldn’t believe what Cerezo says– if we lose/draw tonight and lose/draw against Racing, Aguirre will be packing his bags!!

    We MUST score 3+ goals. MUST.

  6. Armon said

    I feel the same as Lara as far as Mourinho, but I don’t know enough about him. I just know he totally turned around Porto and Chelsea and has previously worked with Maniche who I love, so having him would be awesome. But then again, he also regarded Costinha very highly….

  7. atleti said

    He’s a fantastic manager with plenty of experience in Europe– It would be amazing if we got a manager of his quality.

    He’ll probably end up in Valencia- Quique’s job is under threat after some woeful performances, too. The main difference between us and Valencia is that they’ve been lucky with fluke goals. Or, perhaps he’ll go to Italy.

  8. atleti said


    Let’s hope for a big win to secure our spot to the next round!

  9. lara said

    Do we know anything about the game yet? (Please say we won.)

  10. atleti said

    2-0 for us, but we are playing terribly and the crowd is getting a bit restless.

    Mista ’12
    Forlán ’17

    Simao in for Jurado who suffered a bit of an injury (not sure how extensive yet).

    Aguero in for Mista just now.

  11. atleti said

    Luis almost comes close to scoring a third just now.

  12. atleti said

    GOL #3 LUIS!


  13. atleti said

    GOL #4 LUIS!!!

    The crowd is applauding!

    Grande Luis. He deserves to be in the starting 11.

  14. atleti said

    Be back in a couple hours or so with an entry on the game once I’m out of work.

  15. lara said


    Yay! I knew Luis would come through for us!! I’m a Pool fan (since almost birth I think, lol) and I was so happy to see him come to Atletico, but it’s despair to see him warming the bench. I agree that he should be in the starting 11. Please, please Aguirre, see this.

    I’m glad Forlan got one in there as well. :) Well, it’s a great score, even if they weren’t playing all that well. Was it the same kind of listless game as on Sunday?

    Thanks for the updates! I was dying to know.

  16. atleti said

    Yes, fairly unconvincing portions of the game, but I’m very happy for the win!!!

    Now let’s hope for a win and complete Liga turnaround on Sunday!

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