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Jornada 13: Atlético de Madrid v Real Valladolid

Posted by atleti on November 24, 2007

Finally! Club action is back on schedule!

{UPDATE} STARTING 11: Leo Franco, Valera, Pablo, Zé Castro, Pernía, Raúl García, Maniche, Reyes, Simao, Maxi; Kun Agüero.

SUBS: Falcón; Antonio López; Cléber; Forlán; Luis García; Eller; Jurado; Perea

A Few Notes
*As expected, Forlán will be on the bench & won’t play unless absolutely necessary. I think this is a good idea, in terms of preventing another injury setback.

*Valera’s first game in the starting 11- best of luck to him.

*Perea, Jurado, & Raul all appeared fit for the game.

*Where Motta you ask? Aguirre says he wants him fresh for our UEFA game against Aberdeen– he plans on using him in the starting 11

Here are a couple excerpts from Forlán‘s recent press talk:

“Sunday’s match is going to be difficult and since we’re playing at home we need to win the three points. In the end, it’s always important to be up there to have possibilities during the final sprint and to have something to play for.”

“The team is fine physically. The three points against Valladolid are very important, which means that we have to leave the last game against Almeria behind us. All of the matches are difficult, which is the good thing about the Spanish League, where you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

I agree 100%: this is a game we MUST win. Notice how I say that a lot? Well, if we expect to secure a Champions League spot this season, THESE are the games we need to win.

MOVING ON…both Maxi and Kun arrived from South America injury-free…always a good thing! Raúl García will be back into action, too: if you recall, he served a suspension in Round 12 and has used much of his time to recover from a fractured nose injury.

Personally, I’d like to see Luis Garcia in the starting 11– he did not serve international duty and has been injury-free.

My only concern is the defence– but I think we will keep it tight in the back. Perea & Seitaridis are out injured, so we might see Valera & Ze Castro in their place.

I’ve seen Valladolid play in previous rounds– they’re a good footballing side, but have had a topsy-turvy start to the season. Before the international break, they were on a good run & I don’t doubt that they will give us a ‘run for our money’. At the end of the day, however, we are strong at home & have a more potent attack.

Bottom-line: Let’s beat Valladolid!

17 Responses to “Jornada 13: Atlético de Madrid v Real Valladolid”

  1. Mañana en el Calderón me acordaré de tí. A tantos kilómetros y con tanto sentimiento rojiblanco.

    Un beso y ganamos seguro.


  2. atleti said

    Envidioso! Voy a mirarlo en casa … espero que se encuentra en el Internet.

    En NYC, hay bars para ver los partidos, gracias a Dios, pero hay tantos aficionados de Barcelona y Real. También hay muchos expatriados de Inglaterra.

    I hope you see a great game tomorrow! Vamos Atleti!!

  3. day1star said

    Do you know who is showing the match?

  4. atleti said

    Unfortunately it won’t be shown on the channel that covers Liga here (GolTV). It’s listed on the livefooty site, though. Hopefully the links will work.

  5. atleti said

    NB: none of the video feeds are working. I’ll be listening via radio.

  6. atleti said


  7. Ringo said

    LiveFooty is working now.

  8. Ringo said

    Sorry ,false alarm.
    It worked for about 10 mins.

  9. atleti said

    40′: 1-1 Victor.

    Maxi lost possession of the ball & Valladolid score a goal on the counterattack. Suicide defending.

  10. atleti said

    I don’t think I can take much more of this.


    47′ Sisi (Valladolid), disastrous defending.
    49′ Maxi

    More later.

  11. atleti said


    54′ Llorente (Valladolid).


  12. atleti said


    55′ Maxi

    Jesus Christ.

  13. atleti said

    Forlan comes in for Ze Castro.

    So, now we’re playing 3-4-3 with an atrocious defence.

  14. atleti said

    73′ Valera has just been sent off…………..

  15. atleti said


    91′ own goal (Valladolid)!!


    Be back with a mini-review, unless I have a heart attack…

  16. Ringo said

    Last four league results – 4-3 ,3-4 ,0-0 ,4-3 ,what’s next?

  17. Atleti won this evening in the last minute. Incredible game! But, I have a heart attack, too, like 50000 supporters at Calderón.

    Bye from Spain.

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