The red and white aftermath: Week 32

A clinical Real led by Cristiano sabotage splendid atmosphere at the Vicente Calderón


Cristiano draws first blood through free kick (AFP)

All the build-up, hope and excitement ahead of the derby, or business as usual for the Rojiblanco faithful, was all for naught as Atlético fell to their league-leading neighbours by an unjust 4-1 scoreline for the second time this season.

Los Blancos’ doomsday-machine-like-deadly attack, led by an inspired Cristiano Ronaldo, spoiled a majestic evening at the Vicente Calderón.

For a period of about 13 minutes – between Falcao’s game-tying goal and Cristiano’s second long-distance missile – it really did feel like the tide was finally going to turn in los Colchoneros’ favour. Sadly, that was not the case and the derby drought will go on for at least one more campaign.

With the loss, Atleti sunk to ninth place in the Primera División standings and a Málaga victory over Villareal on Thursday would leave us 10 points adrift of a Champions League place and four points out of the Europa League qualification zone with only six games left to be played this season.

Surely Diego Simeone’s men will now begin to exclusively focus on their Europa League crusade, a competition that still offers the club a chance to bring home some silverware.

We’ll know for sure what ‘El Cholo’s’ intentions are when we visit Rayo Vallecano on Sunday ahead of our Europa League semi-final first leg match against Valencia next week.

Post-game notes and quotes:

Atleti boss ‘Cholo’ Simeone felt his men were “punished much more severely than they deserved” and attributed the loss in part to Ronaldo’s “brilliance”.

“In the second half, when it was 1-1, I think we lost the ball too much,” he said in the post-game press conference.

“I think the entire first half and the first 15 minutes of the second, the team played a very good game, where they tried to play and offer their ideas of football, closing the flanks, etc.

“Five or six minutes after our goal, we began to retreat. We did not have patience nor the ball possession to continue playing the match we had been playing.”

Other notes:

  • Falcao’s goal was his 21st of the season in the league and 29th overall in all competitions with Atlético.
  • Adrián picked up his ninth assist of his first campaign in red and white.
  • This is Atleti’s third streak of a record eight straight losses to Real Madrid (previously occurring from 1952 to 1955 and from 1994 to 1997).
  • Atlético had never given up eight or more goals to their bitter rivals in a single season, until this one.

Who were your best and worst players of the match for Atleti?

  • Javi Lozoya

    Gil Cabron fuera del Calderon!, he and Cerezo need to go. They’re responsible for Atleti’s debacle not Simeone. We need to unite dear Colchoneros to take down Gil Marin or Atleti will never be the glorious team it used to be.
    Grande Cholo!!!, Aupa Atleti Siempre!!!

  • I think the worst player was Benzema. He didnt take his chances and the best player without a doubt was Cristiano Ronaldo although Falcao played well

  • AtletiFanInPhilly

    Can we start a topic somewhere about former players succeeding elsewhere?

    Camacho – playing at Malaga
    Diego Costa – scoring goals at Rayo
    Joel – starting at Rayo
    Pulido – starting at Rayo
    Raul Garcia – having a great year with Osasuna
    Elias – has started 22 matches for Sporting

    Anyone I’m missing?

    The point: this team lacks a clear, cohesive strategy to player development and team building.

  • yon

    At the above comment, it’s hard to build a squad when the owners bring in new manages with different styles every 9 months! Hopefully they will stick with Cholo and let him do the buying and selling this summer!

  • Javi Lozoya

    Just because Camacho played today doesn’t mean he is succeeding at Malaga. He just played because Toulalan and Maresca are absent. As I said before I wouldn’t have him back at Atleti. Prefer to sign Capoue, or someone else who actually is a good defensive midfielder, have Ruben Perez back (he played the full 90 minutes against Uefalona, that’s a miracle) or give Fer a chance next season. He is a hard working player, with good passing and has improve a lot. He really deserves a shot at Atletico first team next season, and Cholo likes him.

  • kabir

    if we didn’t have such huge debts, we would be the perfect team for a qatari investor to buy. large fan base, marketable, extensive history, a strong rival.
    does anyone agree?

  • Javi Lozoya

    And we have a mediocre board who care about filling their pockets with cash. No one seems to care and nobody agrees but that’s the truth. If Gil Marin keeps in charge of Atlet, it will the same dang thing. Atleti is never gonna compete and be the glorious team it was before. Why is that so hard to understand?. And don’t forget about TV rights. Madrid and Uefalona earn 100 millions only for broadcasting rights. Atleti about 40M. That’s a huge difference. And unfortunately Atleti is not as worldwide well supported as Real and Barca, and therefore don’t earn as much as them.
    I love Atleti, but I want to see a competitive team because that’s the rich history of Atleti.
    For a dignified Atleti Miguel Angel Gil Marin and Cerezo need to go.

  • AaX

    We didn’t deserve to win but neither do we deserved to lose.

  • ratchet

    Althogh we dont have as big a fanbase as real or barca, i think our support is better. At the nou camp, the crowd are quite quiet at times, and lack passion. Every single one of our fans love atleti, and i mean truly support them. Millions of barca and real fans are just there for the glory, they are like the hollywood to our america. They live on a different planet. They dont really taste defeat, but dont get the highs of winning. I know i support utd who are a successful team as well as atleti, but ive supported utd all my life, i watched that 6-1 defeat to city. Thats why i said most. There are obviously some fans who support real and barca to the death, and i dont have a problem with that. But its those who just want to brag about winning another trophy to their friends that annoy me, when they havent considered the reasons why. Thats why its great to be an atleti fan, as much as i love utd, for atleti to win the europa league this year would give me more enjoyment than utd winning a 20th prem title.

  • starvs

    Of course Atleti is gonna have great fans, if you are some mediocre fair weather wanna be fan you are just gonna be a Real fan, because fuck it, you suck and so does Real, it’s a perfect match.

    Only a real fan is going to stick around for years of this bullshit.

  • Chalet

    Sorry for being a little bit off topic – and I´m not quite sure at which time this message is going to show up…..
    …..But today, on Friday 13th, is the birthday of Martin Rosenow – the writer of this article and one of the great writers for this site!

    Feliz cumpleaños!
    Hope you have a great day together with your family and friends!

    Greetings from Europe to sunny Florida – and keep up the good work, mate.

  • falcao

    Axel Witsel is leaving Benfica in the summer this may be our chance to sign him

  • Javi Lozoya

    Witsel is not represented by Mendes and I doubt Atleti is gonna have money to sign any expensive players in summer, besides, don’t really think Benfica will let him go.

  • palc

    Happy Birthday Martin! You are awesome.

  • Martin Rosenow

    @Chalet @palc Thanks a lot fellas! It really means a lot to me.

    We’ll be in touch.

  • ratchet

    @ Martin Rosenow, Happy birthday, hope you have a good day!

  • @Martin Rosenow

    Happy BELATED birthday. Hoped you enjoyed it
    Best wishes from Trinidad to Florida

  • Hey guys all our atleti players on loan wont be able to play against us. THAT’s what Espn Soccernet told me so i dont know for sure but still we’ll find out. So if u have your first scorer( In prediction league ) as any of them, change it. But pacheco can play but diego costa, pulido and joel can’t play

  • Martin Rosenow

    Thanks Randy and ratchet!

  • Epoy

    Happy Birthday Martin.. Im happy that there is a site for us english speaking atleti fans which keeps us in the know of the news regardin our beloved club. Keep up the good work guys! Greetings from the Philippines.