La Liga: Atlético 0 – 0 Valencia

Atlético lacked a bit of fortune in front of goal and tie with rivals

A physical game at the Vicente Calderón(AS)

A physical game at the Vicente Calderón

Atlético went at Valencia at the Vicente Calderón, but were shut out the entire 90 minutes. Los Che didn’t score either as we collected Simeone’s fifth clean sheet and a 0-0 draw.

The match became a tough battle but without a winner. Good football didn’t seem a priority to either coach, who instructed their teams to play with aggression and intensity. The public might not have been entertained fully, because with 44 fouls the game was constantly interrupted.

Diego Simeone made few changes to the team. Gabi and Diego returned after sitting out suspension against Osasuna, and took the spots of Mario and Koke who took place on the bench.

The first opportunity of the match was for Adrián, who directed a powerful header towards goal after a great cross by Juanfran. Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves denied the striker with a spectacular save.

It took the visitors about half an hour to create their first chance. Piatti forced Courtois to a save with a shot from the edge of the box. At the other end Falcao came just a step too late to put the ball into the back of the net after Adrián had flicked on a cross.

The teams were equal in every sense, although Atleti were the team with the better chances in the first half. After the break Gabi almost instantly put us ahead with a spectacular volley from outside the area, but his attempt whistled past the post.

With the game going from end to end, the next opportunity was for Valencia. Roberto Soldado controlled a ball over the top on his chest and marched towards goal, but Miranda came flying in with a last ditch tackle to stop the striker before he could pull the trigger.

After an hour of play Atlético lost Diego Godín, who collided with Diego Alves and was stretchered off. It’s unclear how long the Uruguayan will be out and with Miranda picking up his 5th booking of the season we might see Domínguez and Perea start against Racing next week.

In the 65th minute Valencia were incredibly lucky not to concede. Radamel Falcao found himself in a great position and tried to cross to Adrián, but Adil Rami intercepted the pass. In the rebound the ball again fell to Falcao, who saw his shot stopped by Rami on the goalline and the ball ricocheted out of bounds just on the wrong side of the post.

In the final minutes Diego losing possession in midfield almost enabled Jordi Alba to score, while the Brazilian playmaker tried his luck with a powerful strike at the other end a minute later.

Late on Atleti had two more opportunities to score, but Alves shut out Adrián and Falcao’s header was off target.

In the end Atlético seemed to be more motivated to break the deadlock and get a win, which would have brought them just four points off Valencia and to fourth place in the table. But the match ended as it began, without a goal for either side.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín (“56 Domínguez), Filipe; Diego (“81), Tiago, Gabi, Arda (“80 Salvio); Adrián and Falcao

Goals: –

  • Ringo Schut

    Man of the match: Diego Alves

  • palc

    Man of the match: Adil Ramis’ pair of balls.

    Special mentions to Juanfran (once again), Miranda and Tiago.

    Falcao, Adrian and Arda. You guys need to combine better.

  • ratchet

    we need a win against santander now next week. points wise, its a sidestep in regards of CL qualification. defensively we were good, but our lack of chances reminded me of when manzano led the team. a win against santander would convince me it wasnt just the novelty of a new coach that made us so good in january. falcao was poor, and he was against osasuna as well. needs to try to get back on the scoresheet next match. adrian was mediocre, as was tutan. filipe and juanfran were our best players. hard to pick a man of the match. we NEED to beat santander amd gijon so we are on a good run when we play barca. we can beat barca, but if we repeat todays performance we will probably lose. a draw wouldnt be too bad against them as well

  • I want to see that guy who came to this site and was talking shit about Atléti again…

    But otherwise, good performance, they have luck Valencia, and their goalkeeper is good unfortunately. But I am SO FUCKING PROUD OF MY TEAM, AND I ALWAYS WILL BE!
    Aupa Atléti!


  • FancyFartPants

    is this how you treat a human? we are all children of adam and eve.. even if someone hates you and does bad things, it would be perfect if you would not hate him back and be an example… its too easy to hate back, reach the difficult one, your hart will be lightened, you will become better and better.

  • Kabka

    screw adam and eve. atleti hasta la muerte

  • Sam

    This match was so winnable, it’s a shame. I mean Emery even did us a favor, taking out soldado and piatti!

    Juanfran really came to life and Diego had some great ideas. Miranda, surprisingly, wasn’t half bad! As a matter of fact, he was there doing what he was supposed to when I wasn’t expecting him to be.

    All in all, as I said before, we should’ve walked away with 3 points. More team building during practice so the guys are on the same page as far as combining efforts.

  • shlomgar

    I actually enjoys this kind of games and am really think that as a team we were better. Falcao is definitely short of game intensity, and Arda is afraid of something and lack creativity in his play, but in every minute of the game we were playing our game and Valencia were adapting theirs.

    For example it was clear the Val players worked on their offside trap in free kicks prior to this game, they caught Atleti by surprise three or four times with it. They knew we are favorite at home and tried to get a result!

    I don’t belive this run is only for a new manager, I have seen the light guys.
    Aupa Atleti!

  • k14

    We have a serious problem for next game,godin is injured and Miranda is suspended, so it will be Alvaro.D and perea with no back up at all.

  • Davide

    Good effort by the boys. Cholo almost dragged us from bottom half to Champions League spot in 5 games. I am wondering we would in the table if Cholo was in charge from the beginning of the season instead of squandering so many games under Manzanos lifeless figure on the bench. Scary thought..

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