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Post-Jornada 6 Hodgepodge

Posted by atleti on October 1, 2007

Aguirre on our recent victories:
“The players are beginning to believe and have understood that if they make sacrifices, they have enough quality to resolve matches…This has just gotten started and there are many matches left, but if we maintain this seriousness, we have the team to do great things.”

Hm, ‘sacrifices’. I’m sure he’s speaking of the rotations, and probably specifically about Maxi since he has been benched recently, but still been given quite a bit of playing time as a sub– he has been coming on early in the 2nd half. Aguirre also praised the three key players against Osasuna: Aguero, Raul Garcia, and Abbiati.

Speaking of which, 2nd choice goalkeeper Abbiati on his Liga debut:
“I’m happy with my debut It’s true that I didn’t have to work too much, and that’s good, because it means that we did things well. It was important to win and also to keep a clean sheet…I’d already played at Vicente Calderón and I really like the atmosphere here because you can feel the fans’ support. Clearly, I don’t like to play as a starter if it’s because of an injury to Leo Franco….The coach knows that I work hard at practice to be ready for the team when they need me. At the moment, the manager wants me to play the UEFA Cup matches and I’m happy becausewhat I want is to play.”

Maniche on the upcoming Barcelona match:
“Each match is different. We’re playing well at the moment and we have to take advantage of it. We know that we can play a great game at Camp Nou. We’re worried about all of the Barcelona players because they’re great professionals. I think that it will be an even match.”

Maniche also mentioned that a main goal is to reach the UEFA final and win it. As he says, there are ‘many matches ahead’, but they are ‘fully committed’ & ‘mentally prepared’ to go the distance.

Completely unrelated: Professional Spanish golfer SERGIO GARCIA is apparently a supporter of Atleti. He stopped by today during the training session to see the team. He talked a bit to Raul Garcia and Forlan, both of whom love golf. I say ‘apparently’ because he didn’t out-and-out say it, but I assume that when someone watches a training session, he must have some interest in the club. It’s featured on the club’s official website.

re that training session: Miguel, Motta, Perea and Mista all trained separately as they are still on the road to recovery. Hm, I didn’t realise Mista was injured, which is weird since I keep track of these things rather obsessively. Too bad Motta won’t be fit in time for our game against Barcelona.

Rumour-Mill (read: WORRIES)
‘s fine form will no doubt attract the attention of other clubs. I’ve recently read that Juventus (among other clubs) are keen on making a serious offer for the Argentine. I sincerely hope we don’t lose the 19 year old at all- kun has settled down quite nicely this season and is such an immense part of this team.  Bottom-line: we must aim for a top 4 finish to keep our top players & to continue attracting talent.

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7 Responses to “Post-Jornada 6 Hodgepodge”

  1. Mohammed said

    Guess which team was the last team to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou… Yes, Atletico Madrid (1-3). Hopefully, we will do it again.

    If we keep our cool against Barca, we will do well, but if we get intimidated, then it will become a very depressing night.

  2. atleti said

    Agreed. These recent wins have the players feeling confident, but they’re still aware that they must remain focused.

    Barcelona have quite a few injuries, like Linda mentioned: Eto’o, Zambrotta, Toure, Milito, at this moment. I’m not sure if Puyol is fit yet.

  3. lara said

    Yep, Puyol is back; he came in for the 2nd half of their game against Levante.

    “I think that it will be an even match.” — I really hope so. I think the potential is there for an even match but our midfield has to really work and stay in the game. Wonder if we might see this one?

  4. atleti said

    I think there’s a very good chance this will be shown live on TV. I’ve noticed that Barcelona games at Nou Camp have not been blocked in round 6 and, if I remember correctly 5. Here’s hoping!

  5. Linda said

    Barca have currently got no fit DMs and 1 (yes, 1) fit centerback, who is 35 years old. Oh dear.

    (uyol’s out again.)

  6. lara said

    And Rafa Marquez is out for a month or so now.

  7. atleti said

    There’s nothing worse than a long list of injuries!

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