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    26 year old in New York; Passionate fan of the beautiful game; lover of Argentina (los Albicelestes); long-suffering, devoted supporter of Atlético Madrid (los Rojiblancos) for the past 13 years.
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Jornada 12: Almería 0 Atlético de Madrid 0

Posted by atleti on November 11, 2007

Leo Franco; Seitaridis (Eller, 46’), Perea, Pablo, Antonio López; Maniche, Cléber, Simão (Motta, 73’), Reyes (Luis García, 59’) Maxi; Kun Agüero

We had a glorious opportunity to return to a Champions League spot & failed miserably. Instead, we are #6 with only 1-2 points separating us from Racing Santander & Sevilla.

What else is there to say?

Seitaridis had a terrible first half, which included a sloppy tackle in the box. Fortunately, Leo Franco saved us from further misery. The Greek nearly made a mess of a short-range back pass to Leo Franco. His display was so poor that he was subbed out in the 45 minute.

Who replaced him you ask? Rubbish Eller. Another poor performance by the Brasilian– I was literally biting my fingernails every time he had the ball at his feet.

Perea, Pablo, & Antonio weren’t much better. Yes, we didn’t concede a single goal, but the truth is, we were fortunate that Almeria lacked finishing quality to make our visit even more miserable.

In terms of the midfield, I frequently found myself asking, throughout the game, “Where’s Maxi?” He appeared maybe a few times, but it was a very quiet performance for the Argentine. Simão had a rather quiet game as well. I wasn’t particularly impressed with Cleber— he continues to prove he’s a mediocre player (at best) with no real presence in the midfield. Luis had a surprisingly poor game, in terms of passing & overall impact. Reyes, who was fouled quite a bit, was involved in a couple good exchanges, but failed to capitalise on any of them.

In terms of Kun, without a true centre-forward like Forlan, he has a difficult time playing up front. There were a few times where he found himself in a good position, but had no one around him to pass the ball to. Again…”Where was Maxi (who was supposed to play as a support striker)?”

Not much to say about Motta since he came on in the 73 minute. He looked OK, for the most part, but still needs more time to return to good playing form. He hasn’t had much time to gel with the team since his arrival. I just hope he remains injury-free because we’re going to need him more than ever in our next game. 

Why you ask?

Perea & Seitaridis will be serving suspensions in our next game: home against on-the-up Valladolid. Surely this means Valera will receive a starting 11, to replace Seitaridis. In terms of centre-backs, Aguirre will probably pair up Ze CastroPablo. Raul might not be available, which means we might see Cleber or Motta in central midfield with Maniche. Forlan won’t be available. Perhaps Mista will return from injury, by then. Even so, he won’t be 100% match-fit.

Needless to say, I’m not looking forward to the next coming weeks.

These recent results don’t look good for Aguirre either. Will he be sacked? The jury is still out.


8 Responses to “Jornada 12: Almería 0 Atlético de Madrid 0”

  1. Ringo said

    Sounds like I didn’t miss anything ,who would have put money on a nil-nil?

  2. atleti said

    Judging by our previous games, it was a shocker (even if few goals have been scored at Almeria this season). In fact, Almeria haven’t score a goal in a little over 6 hours now. They’re going through a major goal drought.

    There’s a blogger in Spain who wrote something which I think is spot on: that today’s performance was very much like last season’s performances with Torres. It shows how important Forlan really is– having that main target man that’ll allow Kun to roam about more.

  3. Acabo de descubrir tu blog. Increible que puedas seguir al equipo desde tan lejos. No dejaré de leerte, que me vendrá muy bien, además, para practicar mi inglés.
    Un saludo desde España y Aupa Atleti

  4. Ram said

    last match we played without forlan and scored 3!!!. i think we were just too defensive on this match given that we leaked goals in the last 2 matches.

  5. atleti said

    Hola, Hele! Es difícil, a veces, de seguir el club tan lejos. Afortunadamente, hay un canal que ofrece Liga (en vivo!). No es lo mismo que ir a los partidos en persona, pero es todo lo que puedo hacer en este momento.

    Trato de escribir en una forma sencilla para que los lectores de otros idiomas puede seguir mis entradas.

    Thank you for visiting!!

    Un abrazo.

  6. atleti said

    You’re right, Ram. You can sense that the players were concerned about the defensive performance & that, in a way, took away from our attacking play. If we had a solid back-line, the more attack-minded players wouldn’t have to worry about falling back to defend.

    We still lack organisation, too.

  7. Luiz Pereira said

    With the internet, goltv, youtube, it’s actually very easy to follow.

    As a native Californian, I used to go to the Calderon with my dad & bro living in Madrid from ’74 to ’77. We lived on the other side of town in Pinar de Chamartin, and had to take 3+ metro connections to get there. We were die-hard fans back then, even though there were probably more madridistas per square foot in that part of town, and our school was one block up from the Bernabeu. After one of the games, instead of the throwing the cushions onto the field as a lot of people did, we decided to take our red “colchones” (classic Calderon seat cushions) with us. I’ll never forget the incredulous looks on the faces of the Atleti fans also riding the metro after that game. To them, we were committing a major crime. Little did they know that our 3-year stint in Madrid was almost over and we wanted to take a piece of the Calderon with us back to California (and continue as colchoneros of course). During our time in Madrid, Atleti won the Intercontinental Cup, Copa del Rey, and our farewell as La Liga.

    “The Love that Hurts” is a most appropriate name, especially after the last two “Jornadas.” Ouch!

  8. atleti said

    If it weren’t for GolTV and livefooty/rojadirecta, I’d have a very difficult time keeping track of the club. The Internet is a blessing in that sense– it keeps all of us outside of Spain connected.

    I miss my time in Spain & I hope to return at some point. I’m planning a trip there in 2008. I plan to investigate possibilities of relocation then.

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