Jornada 20: El Derbi Madrileño at El Vicente Calderón
Posted by atleti on January 18, 2008
Is this the season that we finally win Mandril at home, after so many years? PLEASE GOD PLEASE. Not only would it be incredible for our Champions League aspirations, but it would give long-suffering supporters all over the world something to remember for years to come.
Since returning to the top flight in 02/03, it hasn’t been pretty fixture of us: 4 painful losses and 1 draw. That one draw was last season, by the way (1-1).
This Sunday will be another tough test for los colchoneros, but you know what? It won’t be a lop-sided affair this time around because we have a strong squad (compared to previous seasons). I really feel like we can take something out of this game, whether it be the full 3 points or even a point. We’re playing at home, our key players are fit and feeling confident & motivated.
Here’s the current league table:
Re*l M*drid 47
2 Barcelona 40
3 Atlético 37
This appears to be the starting 11: Abbiati, Luis Perea, Pablo, Eller, Antonio López, Maxi, Raúl García, Motta, Simao, Agüero, Forlán.
SUBS: Falcón, Valera, Pernía, Cléber, Luis, Reyes, Mista.
Injured: Leo Franco, Seitaridis, Jurado, Zé Castro(?)
Yellow Cards: Maxi & Reyes are one yellow card away from serving suspensions.
Here’s Re*l’s Injury List (and it’s a long one!): Metzelder, Heinze, Soldado, Robben, Balboa, Pepe, Saviola, & Salgado. I think I read somewhere that Pepe & Salgado might be recovered in time for it. Any info on this, post it.
Re*l’s Suspensions: None.
Re*l’s African Cup of Nations Duty: Diarra.
Of all the players on their squad, I think van Nistelrooy, Higuaín, and Casillas will give us the biggest headache.
A few words from Forlán:
“I do not think that going out of the cup will affect Madrid. These things happen and they have had plenty of time to motivate themselves ahead of this game.”
A few words from Kun:
“I hope that I can score against Real Madrid […] Casillas is very good and it will be difficult to score past him, but not impossible […] It will be important to beat Madrid because we have not been able to for a long time. Sunday is vital, but our first priority is to play well and then win.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Maxi has boldly said that “We will win 2-0” with goals scored by Raúl García and himself. “…And, if you don’t win?” asked the interviewer. “Nothing will happen, we’ll draw.”
More from Maxi: “A derby is a special game, besides, it’s played with more heart than anything else […] Madrid’s strongest point is that when they attack they usually score and they play very well. I do not see any weaknesses at the moment.”
A few words from Raúl García:
“There isn’t a definite favourite and I believe that Atleti is fully capable of taking the 3 points.”
In terms of fatigue (cansancio), he said that he hopes to play all minutes up until the end of the season. “I’ll have time to relax at the end of the season, in the summer.”
Bottom-line: Stay focused, remain tight in the back-line, maintain a strong midfield presence, and score score score!
Or, Win ugly! Just win!
VAMOS A POR ELLOS!!
Pre-game: Any thoughts? Predictions? Who will play a large part in the game for Atleti, in your opinion? Anything missing? Share.