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Jornada 12: Almería v Atlético de Madrid

Posted by atleti on November 10, 2007

Here’s the selected squad (19 players) for this Sunday’s game (which will be shown live to US viewers; GolTV):

STARTING 11 {Update}: Leo Franco; Seitaridis; Pablo; Perea; Antonio López; Maniche; Cléber; Maxi; Reyes; Simao; Agüero

SUBS: Abbiati; Eller; Pernía; Jurado; Luis García; Motta; Valera; Zé Castro

Seitaridis has been included, but manager Aguirre said he’s still very much a doubt. If he’s not deemed fit enough to start, then he will use Valera or Perea in that right-back position with Zé Castro & Pablo pairing up as centre-backs.

Motta! He’s fit enough to be included in the squad list! Perhaps if things are going our way, we’ll see him play a few minutes.

Anyway, I came home in time to watch the final 25 minutes of Getafe v Barcelona. Brilliant, helpful win for Getafe!! If we win tomorrow, only 1 point will separate us from the Catalan giants. If we keep it tight in the back & score goals (as we have been doing in our previous games), we should have no problem leaving Almería with 3 points.

Almería have lost their last 3 games & will probably be fancying their chances against us since we will be without two key players, Forlán and Raul.

When it’s all said & done, this is a game we should and need to win to keep our Champions League (& Liga) hopes alive.

Just one final point. With all the talk of our awful defence, Pablo made mention in a recent interview that they have been practicing defensive skills since the Villarreal game. Let’s hope that they put what they learned to use…

Rumour-Mill
We’re now linked with Bruno Alves (Oporto’s centre-back), Miguel Veloso (defensive midfielder of Sporting Lisboa) and Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven’s centreback/left-back). 

Aguirre has recently said that he doesn’t see a reason to sign anyone in January because “we don’t lack anything” in our squad. He believes the return of Motta, Miguel, Valera, and Mista will be sufficient enough.

The jury is still out, of course.  We also have to remember that if Aguirre did admit that we are keen on signing new defenders, it would open up a can of worms with the press.

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8 Responses to “Jornada 12: Almería v Atlético de Madrid”

  1. Ringo said

    Good luck for tomorrow ,not sure if I’ll see it or not.

    AUPA ATLETI!

  2. atleti said

    HT::: Almeria 0-0 At. Madrid…we’re fortunate.

    Hm.

    Just a few HT thoughts: awful 1st half for Seitaridis; Leo Franco saved us; We’re desperately missing Forlan; not particularly impressed with Cleber.

    Bring on the 2nd half.

  3. atleti said

    Dreadful. 15-20 minutes to go.

  4. day1star said

    I’m disgusted, how could we draw with Almeria? We’ve lost two points and we’re now in 6th place. So, the defence played better and the attack was crap? Atleti you watched the match, i only watched the gamecast, but as far as i could tell we didn’t play well at all, did we?

  5. atleti said

    Overall, dreadful performance.

    Put it this way, we didn’t deserve a win at all. We only had 3 maybe 4 clear chances at goal…THE ENTIRE GAME. Never really looked like we were going to score. Defence was wobbly & fragile, as usual.

    I’ll have a write-up by tonight- tomorrow the latest.

  6. Armon said

    second half the defense played much better, considering that the ball seemed to always be in their half of the field and yet they still didn’t concede a goal. forlan is definitely desperately missed, it was also difficult for the midfield to link the ball to the attackers, very disappointing, that free kick in the end would’ve been spectacular had it been a few inches lower but in the end to say that we deserved 3 points is a lie

  7. fernando said

    the match in Almeria was very bad. El At.Madrid calificated with 2 points of 10. Baddddddddddddd. This is not the door to win la Liga.

    un abrazo.

  8. atleti said

    Awful game; I still can’t believe the lack of effort and determination displayed by the players. Defence continues to make me nervous.

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