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Jornada 23: Racing Santander v Atlético de Madrid

Posted by atleti on February 8, 2008

I have one simple wish: Let this be the game that ends our awful run of form.

Aguirre’s pre-game thoughts:
“It is an encounter that has a lot of importance. We come from three games without a win, getting just one point out of a possible nine and having dropped from third to fourth to fifth, so the next game is vital to our aspirations […] We cannot continue losing points. In the second half of the campaign from six possible points at home we have got only one.”

Ironically, we’re playing Racing– the team that kicked off our unbeaten streak in the early part of the season (round 4). Remember? (Click here for comments on that game while it was live.)

At that time, we were desperate to end a rotten run of results and Aguirre’s job was under threat. Perhaps the same will occur this time around as well?

In any case, Racing are actually having a surprisingly good season: they’re still in the Copa & they’re #6 in the league table with two points between themselves and Sevilla.

Here are previous results for this fixture (Racing v Atleti):
06/07 season: 0-1 win for us.
05/06 season: 0-1 win for us.
04/05 season: 2-1 win for them.
03/04 season: 2-2 draw.
02/03 season: 0-2 win for us.

We have a fairly good record against Racing– at their stadium.

Their last 5 Liga games:
1-1 away draw against Levante.
2-2 home draw against Zaragoza
1-0 away loss against Barcelona
0-2 away win against Osasuna.
1-0 home win against Athletic.

Not a bad string of results (except for the draw against Levante).

According to AS, Jordi Felpeto and Jorge López are their only major doubts ahead of the game on Sunday.

Out due to injury: Munitis, Luis Fernández, Toño, and Brian Sarmiento.

In terms of us…

International Duty Accomplished:
played 74 minutes for Uruguay while Perea played 62 minutes for Colombia. Their friendly was in Montevideo.

Pablo played 45 minutes for Spain against France.

[Update] STARTING 11: Abbiati; Antonio López, Pablo, Perea, Pernía; Raúl García, Simao, Maxi; Agüero & Forlán.

SUBS: Falcón, Luis García, Reyes, Miguel, Domínguez (cantera defender), Mista. 

INJURED: Seitaridis, Leo Franco, Zé Castro, Jurado, Motta, Eller, & Valera.

Kun is fit enough to start, but our injury list is still long, with Motta, Eller, & Valera reinjuring themselves recently…five defenders in total.

Meanwhile, Miguel made it known that he’s prepared to take on more playing time:
“I want to grow as a player and demonstrate that I have a place on the team […]”

Miguel on current run of games:
“The team is working really hard and the results will surely return. We’ll be up top with two positive games, there’s no reason to go crazy, we’re not that bad. We have a complicated month of February, but we’ll surely work things out with victories.”

For some reason, I cracked up when I read, “there’s no reason to go crazy, we’re not that bad”…

Ah, and the rumour of the week was that Pelligrini is on the top of our list of replacements if Aguirre parts ways with the club. This is a major rumour- far from truth or any sort of reality at this point.

Anything missing?

25 Responses to “Jornada 23: Racing Santander v Atlético de Madrid”

  1. Ram said

    A win is the missing thing…let us hope we are back to the winning ways.

  2. day1star said

    Latest news should be confirmed either way later on today, we’ve signed Ujfalusi on a bosman, should join us in July if true.
    I don’t know whether Aguero will start against Racing, but i’m pretty sure he’ll be on the bench.

  3. atleti said

    Yes, I read that about Ujfaluši, too. They haven’t mentioned an estimated amount for him yet, have they?

  4. Ram said

    Bosman = free :-)

  5. Billie said

    Really important the match against the Racing. To lose is to move away of Champions dangerously.

  6. atleti said

    Yes, I know, Ram ;)! Perhaps I misphrased. I’m just wondering if an amount was ever mentioned for him at any point, just as a general idea. How much did Fiorentina pay for him, when they first got him? Curiosity.

  7. atleti said

    Pernía & Pablo in the back-line doesn’t inspire much confidence in me. Neither does Cleber. Hopefully they’ll prove me wrong…

  8. Mohammed said

    Motta, again !! man this guy got it easy. being paid for doing nothing! to tell you the truth, I hope we don’t extend his contract.

  9. Rob said

    I’ve finally found it! I know its way late but thank you for Torres!

  10. atleti said

    I have to agree with you, Mohammed. He’s a great player, but he’s way too fragile, which makes him useless.

    Found what? Is this Rob from Fox??

  11. day1star said

    0-0 at halftime, we started pretty slow, but we seem to have got ourselves into the game now, we must win, Villareal won yesterday, and Espanyol are losing 1-2, we’ll move into 4th if we win today.

  12. day1star said

    0-1 Forlan’s scored

  13. atleti said


    Time for some insurance goals.

  14. atleti said

    Almost 0-2.

  15. day1star said

    0-2 Forlan again

  16. Ram said

    0-2 now..Forlan with his second. How important for his confidence going into the UEFA cup

  17. atleti said

    So true, Ram– about his confidence!

    Great to see him scoring a couple, hopefully a hat-trick?? He was going through a bit of a goal-drought.

  18. day1star said

    Espanyol have lost, we’re back in 4th.

  19. day1star said

    Game over we’ve won!

  20. atleti said

    Great result.

    The live text states that Cleber received some medical attention in the dying minutes. Not sure if it’s serious.

  21. Ram said

    Finished 0-2.Important victory.

  22. fernando said

    Victoria del AT.Madrid. 2-0 con goles de Forlán. El ATlético vuelve a meterse en zona Champions League. Un abrazo.

  23. Hoy hemos hecho un gran partido y hemos sufrido mucho menos que el año pasado que nos salvo Leo.

  24. Armon said

    It feels like its been so long since I’ve last said this but…does anyone have a video of the goals? :) im so happy right now

  25. atleti said

    Anyone looking for videos, this thread has them– the second video, in particular.

    FORLANAZOS!!! haha.

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