This here is supposed to be a match report, but screw it.
Atleti blew the best chance we’ve had in the past 14 years, the best chance we might ever get, to finally beat Real Madrid.
Atleti celebrated their 110th anniversary and had greatly anticipated what is Atlético’s most important day of any season, but Mourinho didn’t even bother to turn up with his strongest players in what’s supposed to be Spain’s second biggest league fixture of the year, instead playing all his reserves.
And still Atleti played without the belief and faith that we could finally bring down our big brother. We started strongly, yes, but after going ahead through a Falcao goal in the 4th minute, we collapsed and returned to the defeatist attitude that we’ve so often seen from the Rojiblancos in this particular fixture.
Passes were misplaced, possession was carelessly given away, and we conceded two cheap goals from only three attempts on target by Real.
Mourinho had no problems resting his players and even Madrid’s official Twitter account seemed more interested in the upcoming Champions League clash with Dortmund than the once so fantastic Derby of Madrid.
Even with our best line-up, we, again, stood no chance.
The only thing keeping us going is knowing that extending our bad streak against Real Madrid now will only make it sweeter when we do beat them on the 17th of May.
Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Raúl García (“72 Adrián), Gabi, Mario (“74 C. Rodríguez), Koke; Diego Costa and Falcao.
Goals: 1-0 Falcao (“4); 1-1 Juanfran o.g. (“14)