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Jornada 22: Atlético de Madrid 1 Murcia 1

Posted by atleti on February 3, 2008

Los Colchoneros fall flat again.

Abbiati; Perea, Pablo, Eller (Luis García 55’), Pernía; Motta, Raúl García, Maxi, Simão (Miguel 46’); Agüero (Cléber 71’) & Forlán

51′ Jofre (penalty as a result of Eller hauling down a player in the box)
62′ Luis García

Unfortunately, the game wasn’t on TV over here, but I followed the first half on El Mundo’s live-text. I missed the second half (weekend errands) and hoped that I would see a winning score-line when  . That, unfortunately, wasn’t the case.

Fellow blogger Fernando has provided one of his concise and always good recaps for the game. I translated some of it, for non-Spanish speakers:

“Atlético de Madrid is no longer in the Champions zone. Los Rojiblancos drop to fifth place, a point below Espanyol & Villarreal. Aguirre’s team have collected only 1 point in their last three Liga games. This, coupled with the elimination of the Copa, leaves Los Colchoneros in a very bad run of form. In addition, Agüero will be injured for the the next two weeks after receiving a hard knock to the knee.”

“Atlético made the same errors once again: fragile defence, lack of creativity […] erractic game through the flanks, and little reaction from substitions.”

“Atlético deserved to win because they had more possession and opportunties at goal. While they didn’t play very good, at least they continued to search for the victory, unlike Murcia who resorted to long ball tactics & time wasting. The supporters left the stadium disillusioned and fed up after another disappointing afternoon at elEstadio Vicente Calderón.”

Good summarisation of the game.

Oh, and to top it all off, after the game, Leo Franco, angered by the injury sustained by his compatriot Agüero, initiated a fight in the tunnel with a few of the Murcia players.

I honestly don’t know what to say. Same crap over and over and over again. I thought this would be the game that would give the team a major boost and return us to winning ways. Instead, it’s another disaster, thanks once again to our weakest links (and lack of a playmaker).

To make matters worse, we travel to Racing (#6) who are in fairly good form at the moment.

Will we secure a Champions spot? A UEFA spot? An Intertoto spot? Will Aguirre resign if we receive another bad result next week? Who knows at this point.

Same crap, different season…

8 Responses to “Jornada 22: Atlético de Madrid 1 Murcia 1”

  1. Luiz Pereira said

    After reading your summary of the game, I can’t help but to cry over spilled milk –why couldn’t we have signed Riquelme? That decision was just the beginning of a tiny snowball taking effect way back when . . . I don’t care how controversial this guy is, when there’s a quality player available, you take him and then figure-out how he’s going to work in the scheme of things.

    Anyhow, I still think we can regroup before the end of the season to make the Champions League (as long as we can get everyone healthy and w/o sanctions). We’re only 1 point behind our direct competitors. In other words, we’re still alive.

    For the future, we’re making some headway now with the latest announcements of changes to our defensive line for next year. Now, who’s going to be our legitimate playmaker . . . ?

  2. I think more important, yerterday was injure of Agüero. The referee a disaster to Atlético. Some players are very tired. The situation of the team is disturbing. Who will can solve it?


  3. Ram said

    Cause Aguirre thought that Cleber is a better player than Riquelme.

  4. Willen said

    Ram said everything!
    Cause Aguirre thought that Cleber is a better player than Riquelme.[2]!

  5. atleti said

    BUT Pitarch signed Cleber on his own, without consulting anyone. The blame ultimately falls on his shoulders.

    The whole ‘tired/exhaustion’ is annoying me.

    Actually, this whole situation is making me sick to my stomach.

  6. day1star said

    The good news is that Aguero will only be out for the next game against Racing. But, since everyone else is available apart from the long term injured, the team should be good enough to secure a win(I hope!).

  7. Armon said

    On top of all the problems we’ve been having, I bought tickets to the Argentina vs Guatemala game in LA, 90% of the reason was just to watch aguero and now he’s not coming :(

  8. Billie said

    The team sinks… if we go on this way, not only, we will not go to the champions league, we will not go either to the UEFA. Poor Atleti!

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