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Well, that’s that.

Posted by atleti on January 30, 2008


  • Win the Copa del Rey.

The one competition we had a genuine shot at winning and we crashed out of it against Valencia. VALENCIA! FULL-CRISIS MODE VALENCIA.

How did it happen? Well, after going up 2-0, Cléber gifts them their first goal. You remember Cléber, right? The €6 million Brasilian who was signed by Pitarch & Gil Marín. Two men who love wasting good money on mediocre players.

As a fellow blogger (Sergio) puts it, “This team is a disaster; no one knows how to play football. Maxi has been horrible, Luís García can already start looking for a new team, Reyes [is a joke], and above all, Agüero and Forlán must be asking themselves, “Why are we here?”

A bit over-the-top, but I couldn’t agree more.  At 2-0 up, it was OUR game to win. Instead, our rubbish players destroyed what little chance we had left.

If it’s not Cléber, it’s Pablo. If it’s not Reyes, it’s Eller. And so on and so forth.

Seriously, how the hell are we going to get through this season with such a rubbish defence and no playmaker?

Luck? We don’t have that either.

I don’t know what else to say. I’m angry, disappointed, and frustrated.

Positives? Agüero, Forlán, and Raul played well. Of particular note, Miguel also played rather well with the few minutes Aguirre gave him. Will the Mexican give him more playing time? Who knows? I honestly have no faith in the man.

So, anyway…what else is left on our list for this season?

  • Win Liga.

Impossible at this point. 16 points separates us from the #1 spot, mostly due to dropping points as a result of poor finishing or poor defending (eg Murcia, Villarreal, Almeria, Mallorca, Espanyol, Recreativo).

  • Win the UEFA Cup. 

The only Cup competition we have left, and, truth be told, a tough one to crack when compared to the Copa. Nevertheless, I hope that we continue to progress in this one. Next up: struggling Bolton away…

  • Secure a Champions League spot.

Still a possibility, but then again, who the hell knows with the way we’ve been playing? I’m still hopeful of at least a #4 finish…it’s be a miracle. (It’s the only way we can assure ourselves of not losing any top players during the summer.)

Our next five (Liga) games:

-home to Real Murcia (#17)
-away to Racing (#6)
-home to Athletic Bilbao (#16)
-away to Osasuna (#23)
-home to Barcelona (#2)

The next four, in particular, are absolute must-wins. Barcelona will be the toughest test– anything we can take out of this game would be a plus.

…Next up? Home to Murcia (LIGA).

It’ll be good to have Raul & Motta in the midfield. Both should be in tip-top  shape. 

17 Responses to “Well, that’s that.”

  1. Ram said

    Even the Racing game is tough.

  2. Hal said

    Goddamn it! >.<

  3. Julio said

    Atlético played very bad yesterday. We win on 18′, but only eigth minutes Valencia scored two goals. Atlético gave a present to Valencia. The present was two goals.

    We have only two cracks: Agüero & Forlán. The others players are bad or very bad.

    At Spain the Atletico’s supporters are very sad and very tired of the situations of the team.


  4. Julio said

    Julio is my name.

  5. day1star said

    Everything is not doom and gloom, not yet anyways. I can’t see any reason why we can’t win the next four fixtures, we just have to be positive. Simao should be back if not for the Murcia game then definitely for the Racing game, and since we don’t have any committments midweek anymore, we should be able to field our strongest first team.

  6. day1star said

    I forgot to say in all the next five fixtures, no rotation necessary anymore, so unless we have injuries we should see Aguirre fielding a full strength team.

  7. day1star said

    And to be honest, i don’t see why we can’t get to the final of the UEFA cup, if we have a full strength team available from now on we should be able to achieve both objectives, a top four finish and the UEFA cup final.

  8. atleti said

    You have more faith than I do, day1star.

    I’ve lost what little faith I had in Aguirre. The sooner he goes, the better. Our squad is riddled with way too much mediocrity thanks to Gil, Cerezo, & Pitarch.

    How will we achieve anything with a crap defence and no playmaker??

  9. atleti said

    Valera is injured…

  10. day1star said

    When you play 4 4 2, you don’t really need a playmaker, it’s only if you play 4 3 1 2 that a playmaker is necessary, since we don’t play that formation it’s a moot issue. But, if we changed formations then both Aguero and Raul Garcia can play that role.
    But, if we’re not signing anyone then we have to make do with what we have and play to our strengths.
    Atleti, if you don’t have faith or hope then how can you ever succeed? You have to believe that anything is possible and do your best and leave the rest to God. I am an eternal optimist, and to me if you truly want something you have to keep trying and you will succeed.
    In my view, there’s only a couple of players in our team that are really rubbish, the rest are OK.

  11. Ram said

    With the wingers we have I don’t think we need to play 4-3-2-1. 4-2-3-1 might be good but that is nothing but a modified 4-4-2 we nothing much will change there.

    The main thing is the attitude I suppose. In the middleof the first half of the season when we scored many goals the team was always confident that we cna outscore the opponent. I think we need to get that attitude back. With the non-existant defence that is the best way to move ahead.

  12. atleti said

    Oh, I’m keeping the faith that we’ll secure a top four spot. It’s not easy, but I’m trying.

    It’s Aguirre, the president, the sporting director, and the other higher-ups that I have no faith in. They’ve proven season after season that they truly don’t know how to manage the club. It’s their fault we have Eller, Reyes, Pernía, Cleber, Pablo, even Mista.

  13. day1star said

    We went from one extreme to another, we played the same way against all the teams we faced, that was the problem, against smaller teams you can play all out attack and outscore you’re opponents, but, against the top 3/4 teams you need to play with different tactics and be more defensive, coz they also have very good attacking players.
    I think it’s a mistake to play the same strategy against all teams because then you are predictable and easily beaten.
    Aguirre justs needs to play the right strategy at the right time.

  14. atleti said

    Starting this Sunday, I hope the team go on a winning streak.

  15. atleti said

    You’re right: our play can be rather predictable. That mostly has to do with the fact that we lack a playmaker, no?

    It’s painfully obvious Aguirre is a poor tactician.

  16. day1star said

    We’re predictable because we always play the same formation, the same players in the same roles and we play the same way, we need to be more flexible it’s hard to man mark players who are constantly changing positions, whereas if the players play in the same position and do the same thing every match then you can easily take them out of the game.

  17. fernando said

    12 years without tiles. Very bad for At.Madrid. Giles y Cerezos out.

    un abrazo.

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