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Jornada 17: Atlético de Madrid 1 Espanyol 2

Posted by atleti on December 23, 2007

Los Colchoneros drop points at home after having two players sent off.

Another strange night at el Vicente Calderón. I don’t know how to break it down, so I’ll just write up an overview with some thoughts. Firstly, Abbiati had a very good game & kept us alive for as long as he could. Forlán‘s presence in the front-line was immense- visible and industrious.

In the first 10 minutes, I felt that Espanyol looked the better of the two sides, more focused with clear attacks.

Unfortunately, the shit hit the fan in the 29′ when Agüero was sent off. Yes, he was being hounded by Torrejón, but that is no excuse for his conduct. It was a brash, inexcusable reaction by Kun– a reaction that cost us the game, unfortunately. Having said that, after his expulsion, I felt the team played with a bit more urgency. Spectacular free-kick by Simao in the 37′ eased some apprehension, but not much as Espanyol continued to press forward for an equaliser.

Miraculously, the ref failed to see the blatant hand-ball of Raúl in the penalty area. Poor refereeing, but one that allowed us to finish the 1st half with a goal advantange.

Espanyol came back from half-time on fire, taking advantage of their one-man advantage; Tamudo scored a 52′ equaliser without much trouble. Honestly, no one was marking him. Our defenders fell asleep at the wheel.

The shit hit the fan again, literally 3 minutes after the equaliser, when Pernía was harshly given a second yellow for a foul on Tamudo.

Aguirre began to ring in the changes:

58′ Maxi out (didn’t play particularly well), Antonio López in. Basically, a substitution to replace Pernía.

Forlán had two fantastic opportunities to restore our lead: one with the help of Antonio López (Kameni halted this one) and another a few minutes after that.

Aguirre made another substitution in the 74′: Simao out, Jurado in. Strange substitution, I thought. Any thoughts on it?

At this point, I was hoping we’d escape with a point. Wishful thinking.

In the 85′, Espanyol’s Luis García scored a goal thanks to a bit of brilliance by de la Peña; simply impossible for Abbiati.

Our Luis García came on for Raúl. By then, the game was over. Espanyol maintained the bulk of position until full-time.

I can only blame the ref for so much: With the exception of a few, we played terribly, with 11, 10 and 9.

Our midfield struggled against that of Espanyol’s; Raúl needs a stronger central midfielder partner. Hopefully, Motta will return from holiday break fit because, at this point, who the hell knows if we’re going to bring in reinforcements in January.

Aguirre on the game:
“It was a strange game in which we played for a long time with ten men, and then nine for longer. Eleven against ten is complicated, but at ten we managed to score. Nine, though, was too much advantage for them and it was only a matter of time […] I only have praise for my players.”

Aguirre on the Maniche situation:
“Maniche? We’re on holiday now, and when we get back we’ll see how things go in training and matches […] What happens in the locker room stays there. That’s how I’ve always worked, and I’ll continue to do so.”

17 Responses to “Jornada 17: Atlético de Madrid 1 Espanyol 2”

  1. Ringo said

    Sorry about today’s game.

    ‘Appy Christmas and Feliz Navidad to Atleti ,(and I hope you’re having a great time down south) ,and to all Atletico supporters.


  2. Dani said

    “Simao out, Jurado in. Strange substitution, I thought. Any thoughts on it?”
    The first time this season I wanted to see Reyes.

  3. Feliz Navidad, amigo. Que pena el partido de ayer. A ver el nuevo año si nos trae más alegrías…

    Un beso muy grande


  4. day1star said

    I think Aguero really needs this break to rest up and refocus, he’s been playing pretty non-stop since August.
    My thoughts on yesterdays game our midfield was pretty nonexistent even before Aguero was sent off, the passing was off, our forwards hardly saw the ball.
    I don’t think the balance of the side is right. Either we play too defensive or too attacking, in the last few games to make up for poor defenders we have been playing very defensively this in my view is not the answer, because you can see the effects that this is having on Aguero and Forlan, lack of confidence doesn’t help your composure in front of goal. Whereas before we might have had 20 odd shots on goal now were down to 7-8, the midfield is not creating enough, because they’re having to help in defence, that’s no answer, we have to strengthen our defence so that our midfield can play as midfielders and create chances for our forwards.
    With regards to Aguero’s sending off the way i see it is that if the ref is going to red card him for reacting he should also do the same to the provoker, after all the guy was pulling Aguero’s shirt and stopping him from getting away for quite a few seconds, yet the ref allowed it to continue, had he whistled and given a freekick then the whole sorry mess could have been avoided.

  5. atleti said

    Agreed on all comments.

    re Dani: Ya- I was surprised he put on Jurado who just returned from injury recently. I wonder, is this a sign that Reyes is out the door sooner rather than later. Thanks for leaving your comment!

    re day1star: Kun does look like he needs a break; he hasn’t scored in a very long time and is showing signs of frustrations.

    ¡Feliz Navidad a todos!

  6. Billie said

    Merry Christmas and Happy new year from Spain.

  7. Willen said


    I don’t want to comment this last game..

    Feliz Navidad! Feliz Natal from Brazil =)

  8. day1star said

    Happy christmas to everyone, may the New Year bring good fortune to Atletico, all their fans, and to all the players.

  9. atleti said


    So, apparently, club management have told Maniche that if he’s unhappy at the club he should seek out transfer. According to sources, he has been linked with Fiorentina & Inter. As expected, Atlético wouldn’t want him to leave unless they receive an offer to make up for the 9 million that they originally shelled out for him. Odds are, it looks like he’ll end up staying for the rest of the season and leaving in the summer…

    The AS article also points out what all of us have discussed all along: that Aguirre’s ideal central midfield is Motta-Raúl García. I certainly can’t blame him: that’s my ideal central midfield as well. The only problem is…Motta will be unavailable until mid-January.

    Italian media have loosely linked us with Tomáš Ujfaluši, 29 year old Czech defender at Fiorentina.

    Mundo Atleti links us with black-listed Albelda.

    The weirdest rumour I’ve read (in the BBC rumour page) was a David Bentley one. Bizarre.

  10. day1star said

    Atleti, i was reading in Mundo Atleti this article, i’m not 100% sure but i think it says that they’ve pardoned aguero and Alves red cards/ they’re not going to punish them, is that correct?

  11. atleti said

    According to AS & MARCA, Kun will only serve a one game suspension (which happens to be our game against Granada in the Copa)! He’ll be available for the game against Depor.

  12. day1star said

    That’s great news. But i think that the Spanish FA needs to give a mandate to the referees to clamp down on tactical fouling, so these incidents can be avoided in the future.
    Have you heard any rumours with regards to us buying any defenders apart from Ujfalusi who seems to be going elsewhere?

  13. atleti said

    55 million for Kun.

    The curious thing is that rumours linking us to defenders are so few & far between.

  14. Ram said

    David Luiz from Benfica

  15. atleti said

    Are you sure? I read recently that he signed a new contract with Benfica to keep him at the club until 2013.

    I know very little about him, the last thing I remember reading about him is that he had an injury…

  16. day1star said

    I read that somewhere too about David Luiz, but if he’s another one like Motta then can do without him, what’s the point of signing players who are injury prone, they are not value for money spent.

  17. Ram said

    This was from yesterday’ Marca. More speculation I suppose as they have to fill in their pages.

    For me there would be no defensive reinforcement (rather in any department) for this winter window.

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