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Jornada 20: Atlético de Madrid 0 Re*l M*drid 2

Posted by atleti on January 21, 2008

Same old disappointing story with the usual suspects: Raúl, Casillas, poor defending,  bad luck, mediocrity, & an awful ref.

Lots of good points about the game were made in the below entry (see the comment section), so no need for me to create a new entry on the game.

Just one very important point I’d like to make here: Los Colchoneros have lost against all  top sides so far this season (Barcelona, Villarreal, Espanyol, and twice to Re*l )…

Our next 5 games:
23-January: away to Valencia (Copa)
27-January: away to Mallorca (Liga)
30-January: home to Valencia (Copa)
3-February: home to Murcia (Liga)
10-February: away to Racing (Liga)

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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:
1 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.

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.”

Good man.

Bottom-line: Stay focused, remain tight in the back-line, maintain a strong midfield presence, and score score score!

Or, Win ugly! Just win!


Pre-game: Any thoughts? Predictions? Who will play a large part in the game for Atleti, in your opinion? Anything missing? Share.

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Jornada 1: Madrid Derbi Videos

Posted by atleti on August 26, 2007

I’ve seen the videos and it doesn’t look as grim as a lot of supporters have painted it- granted, we still need to work on defence. Pernia did look terrible (wreckless tackles and conceding unnecessary free kicks). We were  caught offguard by a set-piece brought on by centre-back Perea’s tackle outside of the penalty area.

I still think Aguirre should have brought on Luis Garcia.

Here’s Aguero’s 1st half goal:

Here’s the entire second half in three parts:

Part I, Part II, Part III.

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Jornada 1: Re*l M*drid 2 Atlético Madrid 1

Posted by atleti on August 25, 2007

First, I’m disappointed with the result, but I’m also disappointed that I will not be able to watch this at all on TV. WHY? GolTV claims there were difficulties in broadcasting the derby live, worldwide. Unless you were physically at the stadium OR reside in Spain and purchased the derbi a la Pay-Per-View, then you could not see it. What the hell? So, I can’t properly comment on the game, unfortunately.

In any case, the FT score-line speaks for itself: 2-1. UGH. We started brilliantly, with Aguero scoring after only a minute into the game. After that, from what I’ve read on (an active Spanish-speaking Atleti supporter forum), things became very grim, frightening even, in terms of the defence. What have I been yelling about all pre-season? DEFENCE, DEFENCE, DEFENCE. We have made absolutely no improvement in that backline; just the usual suspects displaying sub-par performances.

Here are a few views of supporters on (translated):

In my opinion, this squad lacks balance [particularly, lacking in a solid, reliable centre-back and a top-notch right-back]. Pablo [was terrible].

My greatest disappointment was Maxi. Poor passing. He looked lost and Aguirre is doing the same he did with Torres, making him into an untouchable, which is wrong, since he should have been subbed out in the 2nd half for underperforming. He simply cannot play for a full 90.

The same as previous seasons.

Pernia is an absolute disaster. [ME CAGO EN SU PUTA MADRE QUE MALO ES].

We played well against one of the best clubs in Europe. We must continue on the road and not get worked up over this.

All very good points.

My disappointment? Why the hell didn’t manager Aguirre utilize LUIS GARCIA? He should have taken off Maxi and brought in LUIS GARCIA in his place. Why didn’t he utilize Cleber Santana? Why did he only make one damn substitution (Reyes for Simao)? It seems a bit absurd not to make at least two changes when you’re down a goal, particularly when there are players not performing to their best ability.

POST-Match Statements: 

Manager Aguirre: “I feel that the result was unjust and my team is hurting after that result. A draw would have been fair…The misfortune of conceding the second goal leaves a bad taste in the mouth.”

LEO FRANCO: ” We played well, but there things we must improve.”

RAUL GARCIA: “The team played well, and we had opportunities to win the game.”

UGH, I wish I was able to watch the game, so that I could verify if Aguirre is right or not.

Leo Franco; Seitaridis, Pablo Ibáñez, Perea, Pernía; Raúl García, Maniche, Maxi, Simão (Reyes, 62’); Agüero y Forlán.

1′ Aguero (0-1); 15′ Raul (1-1); 79′ Sneijder (2-1)


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Derby: Atlético Madrid’s starting 11

Posted by atleti on August 25, 2007

Starting 11: Leo Franco; Seitaridis; Pablo; Perea; Pernía; Maniche; Raúl García; Maxi Rodríguez; Simão; Agüero; Forlán

On the Bench: Abbiati; Antonio López; Eller; Cléber Santana; Luis García; Reyes; Mista

As expected.

3 hours before kick-off!



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Atlético Madrid’s Chosen Squad for Tomorrow’s Derbi

Posted by atleti on August 24, 2007

I have pre-derbi thoughts below; this is an addendum to that with some recent news.

Here’s the chosen squad:

Leo Franco, Abbiati, Seitaridis, Pablo Ibáñez, Perea, Fabiano Eller, Pernía, Antonio López, Maniche, Cléber Santana, Raúl García, Luis García, Simão, Reyes, Maxi Rodríguez, Kun Agüero, Forlán and Mista.

It’s a bit curious to me that Braulio was left out– I’ve been a bit impressed by his pre-season form and enthusiasm to stay with the club. Mista, on the other hand, has been a complete waster on the pitch this summer, often times disappearing and not having any sort of presence or attacking prowess. Manager Aguirre did mention recently that he views Braulio as an important asset to the squad this summer, so hopefully that means he won’t be loaned out or sold away.

I was a bit upset to read that Aguirre still considers rubbish Luccin as a part of the 07/08 campaign. Why, Aguirre, WHY? Please, I hope this is just for keeping up appearances and that Luccin is in fact on his way out. Perhaps a lack of playing time will frustrate him enough to force a move out.

Defender Zé Castro, Julian Vara, and goalkeeper Falcón also didn’t participate in today’s pre-derbi training session.

Other players (besides Braulio and Luccin) that Aguirre mentioned as being part of his 07/08 campaign: Jurado (who can’t play against his ex-club), Miguel de las Cuevas (still recuperating), and Juan Valera (still recuperating).


Maxi is “confident” that Atleti can win against arch rivals, Re*l M*drid, while Reyes went a bit further (cheekier) and said, “We will win 0-2 and I will score a goal.”

We’ve done the talk, now it’s time to do the walk.


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Pre-Thoughts: Madrid Derby aka El Derbi Madrileño

Posted by atleti on August 24, 2007

History Lesson
Did you know that La Liga season has kicked-off with the Madrid derbi only three times in the history of league?

1960/61 Season: Atlético won it 1-0 and bragging rights. Atleti finished this season in 2nd place.

In 1997/98 (a decade ago!): both clubs shared the points in a 1-1 draw. Although Atleti finished 7th that season, they still qualified for UEFA Cup action.

And now the 07/08 season!

General Thoughts
Re*l M*drid are under an extraordinary amount of pressure after having a rather lacklustre, unimpressive pre-season– a pre-season crisis, no less, which led to the most recent buys of Heinze from Manchester United and Arjen Robben from Chelsea. Desperate times call for desperate measures– nearly 120 million euros worth of desperate measures! What do you expect?

Atleti, for our part, have shelled out quite a bit during this summer for Raul Garcia, Cleber Santana, Reyes, Luis Garcia, Simao, and Forlan- all who have proven their immense talent and skill during the pre-season (with the exception of Cleber, who only played one game as a rojiblanco). Indeed, the end of the Torres era (while sad and full of uncertainty, initially) has dawned a new era for the club. We have bonafide goal-scorers in the squad. Kun, on his own, has proven his hunger and desire to succeed in the club this season– I can’t begin to say how impressed I am with his pre-season form (both at the U-20 World Cup and upon his return to Spain): abundant creativity & phenomenal work-rate by the young Argentine.

All in all, I’m very confident and have absolute faith in this squad of players and I’m practically salivating at the thought of los rojiblancos playing a Re*l M*drid (who are still licking their wounds after that hilarious 3-6 (agg) defeat by Sevilla).

At this moment (Thursday evening, NY Time), it’s unclear who manager Aguirre will pick as his starting 11. Many across the boards say he might choose the same squad that defeated Vojvodina 0-3 in the 1st UEFA Qualifier.

That lineup:

———–Leo Franco———
—Raul Garcia—Maniche——-

I quite like this one. It worked extremely well. He used Reyes, Jurado, and Luis Garcia as subs.

Or, perhaps this might work:

—Raul Garcia—Maniche——-

Or, maybe:
——– Abbiati(impressed me quite a bit!)—
Seitaridis–Pablo— Perea—-Pernia
— Raul Garcia—-Maniche——–
—Maxi—————— Reyes—
—-Forlan—— Kun Aguero——

I admit, I lean more towards the 1st choice. These other two are formations I’ve come up with right now.

Press Talks
There’ve been quite a few press interviews, many references to the derbi; here are a few:

Maxi: [Derbies and openers] are the best matches to play. If you begin with a win, it gives you so much more confidence for the upcoming encounters

Pablo: Real Madrid will come out angry on Saturday after the defeat to Sevilla…But perhaps Atletico are a tad better than Madrid at the moment.

Forlan: I don’t think that we’re coming in as favourites, as they play at home and that’s an advantage.

Maniche: If there is a favourite in the derby, it’s Real Madrid…We are up against a team with excellent players, but we also have a great [team] and I know that we can play a good game.

Manager Aguirre: We are not any less than them. I say this with respect to them, but we are going to face up to them and fight for the three points, because we don’t feel inferior…We just want to go without any complexes – just with a desire to win.

BOTTOM LINE: Hay que ganar a estos putos chulos en su puta casa!



More details to come.

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