Domínguez prepares for start against Racing

The Atleti canterano expressed understanding about his spell on the bench

Domínguez prepares for start against Racing  (

Domínguez prepares for start against Racing

Though Álvaro Domínguez appeared in the fold for Atlético’s match in Málaga, the first starting line-up submitted by then freshly-appointed coach Diego Simeone, the 22-year-old has since been supplanted by Miranda in the centre of the Rojiblanco defence.

The Brazilian defender sneaked back into the starting XI against Villarreal because Domínguez had seen his fifth yellow at La Rosaleda, forcing him to serve a one-match ban when we took on el Submarino.

Fans expected Álvaro to return and partner up with Diego Godín the following week when we visited Anoeta, but ‘El Cholo’ opted for keeping Godín and Miranda together, sending the Atleti youth product to the bench, where he has resided since.

This will more than likely change on Saturday when we visit Racing Santander, as now it’s Miranda’s turn to serve a one-match suspension, opening up the door for the canterano.

Domínguez, speaking to Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo, explained that he took no offence at not being picked as a starter in our last couple of matches.

“I fell out of the starting eleven and the team has been playing well,” he said.

“You don’t change things around when everything is working well.”

He continued: “Sometimes, in football, you are dropped because of suspension, other times because of injury and others because of performance. We would all like to be in the [starting line-up] but it’s normal that things aren’t changed when the team is doing well, and right now the team is doing good, very good.”

Like an obedient soldier, the Spanish international then echoed the words of his chief in explaining his squad’s incredible run of five games without conceding a goal.

“It’s not only credit to the back line and the goalkeeper,” he said.

“The defensive work begins with the work of the midfielders and the forwards. Likewise, offensive success begins with the work of those in the back.”

Though Atlético were able to shutout Los Che this past weekend, a game in which Domínguez appeared in as a second half substitute for Godín, the players were upset at not having taken the three points.

“After the match against Valencia, the faces in the dressing room were of disappointment for not having won,” said Domínguez.

“We’re still two points away [from a Champions League spot], it’s very close, but the goal is to continue taking things one game at a time, and in that manner, finish in the Champions [zone].”

Could Perea also return to the starting line-up and make his 301st appearance?
After Godín fouled Diego Alves by launching his face into the goalkeeper’s extended fist thereby almost knocking himself out, the Uruguayan could not continue as he had suffered a muscle injury.

The knock kept the 25-year-old from training with the squad on Tuesday, and should he be unavailable for Saturday, Colombian centre back Luis Amaranto Perea could be in line for his 301st appearance with Atlético.

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  • davidsf

    Since we are on the subject of Alvaro Dominguez….

    Is it me or big AL looks like he wears makeup on and off the field?

    We would only take Torres back if we get an additional 35m in exchange for Falcao.

    Sorry El Nino, you just haven’t performed over the last 2 years.

  • dgsozkan

    I wish Alvaro to partner up with Godin. He is better defender than Miranda. Miranda makes me nervous whenever he gets the ball in a critical position. Plus , Dominguez is a canterano.

  • falcao
    he scored until now 25 goals in 22 games

  • dgsozkan

    Burak is everywhere I guess. He is quite interesting player. He is production of Antalyaspor youth setup. Jean Tigana did everthing to get him to the Besiktas,SK. He was declared as a future star when he join to the Besiktas . Yet, he disappoint the fans who are waiting him to be Besiktas’s new star. He has been sent to a mediocre Turkish Super League team Manisaspor. He’s shown some good performances in there. Next ,Fenerbahce interested him and gave him a second chance to be a major team player. Then again, he disappointed everyone trusted him. He has never become a regular team player and everyone believed that Burak Yılmaz is an exaggerated player. Fenerbahce traded him for an average player of Trabzonspor,SK. After that year something has changed. Last year Burak became a player who is doing everything to make his team champion. Maybe they lost by a neck but , Burak Yılmaz rose again. He scored 19 goals. He was second top scorer after Alex Souza. This year he evolved even more. He scored 25 goals in 25 games.

  • Rojiblanco93

    If they want Tigre for that prize plus torres, sell him !

  • starvs

    I like Falcao a lot, but I still believe in Torres and he is rojiblanco through and through so I’d love to have him back. Getting decent money (~20 mil) + torres is a snap call for me.