Match preview: Atlético vs. Sant Andreu

Rojiblancos looking to continue the rhythm for Copa clash

Óliver in cup meeting against Sant Andreu

Óliver in cup meeting against Sant Andreu

The games keep coming for Atlético, and the team will be looking to keep their run going on Wednesday night as they complete the formalities against Sant Andreu in the Copa del Rey.

With a commanding 4-0 lead from the first leg a week ago, now is a chance for some of the fringe players to prove their worth and stake their claim for a place in Simeone’s regular XI.

Kick-off in the Vicente Calderón is set for 19:30 CET.

After Monday’s Champions League draw, and yet another impressive win on Sunday against Valencia in La Liga, the trophy that Atleti won in such superb fashion at the Bernabéu last May has been somewhat overlooked this season.

However, one thing we can be sure about with this team is that they will not be taking the Copa del Rey lightly, and right now will only be focusing on beating Sant Andreu – not Milan or Barcelona.

Ten first team players get the night off, although given the strength of the squad this year, there is no suggestions of a ‘reserve team’ taking to the field, and as we saw against Porto last week, the style and intensity will be exactly the same.

In his press conference, Simeone stressed the importance of the match and not losing concentration, and insisted that the players who do impress when given the chance will get their reward.

The Argentine boss also praised the influence of Raúl García in recent weeks, who despite not starting at the weekend, is one of those rested.

“Putting myself in the place of the guys who are going to play I see it as a great opportunity for them, they can do their talking on the pitch.”

“I never like to give examples but, right now, Raul is a great example. Whether it’s the league, cup or Champions League, when he plays he gives everything and scores goals, and is a lead for the rest in the changing room to follow,” he said.

Three canteranos may also be in line for debut appearances for the first team, including the star of our UEFA Youth League team Hector Hernández.

The 18 year-old has impressed in recent weeks following a spell out with injury, and is joined by Atleti B teammate Isaac ‘Nana’ Asare, on loan from Alcalá. C-team captain Carlos Ramos is also called-up.

Atleti have offered 5,000 cut-price tickets to the city’s unemployed for just €1 each, so will be hoping to draw a good crowd given how the economic downturn has affected attendance in the last few years.

Barring a minor-miracle from Sant Andreu we will go through to face either Valencia or Gimnàstic de Tarragona in the last 16, that tie very much still in the balance at 0-0 after the first leg. The two face off in the Mestalla on Thursday evening as Valencia begin life after Miroslav Djukić, sacked following defeat in the Calderón a few days back.

Atlético match selection

Goalkeepers: Aranzubia, Bono
Defenders: Godín, Alderweireld, Manquillo, Giménez, Insúa
Midfielders: Cristian Rodríguez, Gabi, Guilavogui, Óliver, Nana, Carlos
Forwards: Adrián, Léo Baptistão, Hector


  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Giménez played only 90 minutes, and if he didn’t play the 2nd leg of a game we won it’s 1st leg 4-0 away, I think that will mean we are loaning him in January

    there have been a lot of talking about him & Manquillo leaving on loan in the winter, and they were connected to our small brother and good neighbour, Rayo Vallecano
    but I totally disagree, we will need them in several occasions .. the season is very long, especially when you play in 3 competitions
    imagine we are playing say Villareal, Juanfran is suspended and Godin is injured, what would Simeone do if he doesn’t have these two ?!
    playing Toby on the right back and bring a kid from the youth team to be a CD, or the other way around ?!

    a big team must have 2 right backs, 2 left backs & 4 central defenders .. that simple
    so I wish Caminero stops thinking of loaning them .. loan Cebolla if you must !

    and without Koke, Arda, RG8, Villa & Costa, I wish this is the time to see Oliver play the whole 90 minutes

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I just read this :
    Adrian extended his contract until 2018

    this absolutely a good news,
    if he fulfilled his contract so it’s one more good player staying with us and keeping our harmony and stability
    and if we sold him, now we don’t have to sell him cheaply

    I’m expecting a different Adrian after this extension, starting from today’s game

  • piserakos

    ahmad agree with you if someone has to go it’s cebolla i think he will leave (according to rumors we will sell him) espatially if we buy one. Also the rumors say that we will loan only one of Manquillo or Gimenez. Anyway i would start with:
    -Manquillo, Gimenez, Toby, Insua-
    -Oliver, Guilavogui(if he is fit)-
    -Adrian, Raul, Cebolla-
    And I think that’s how we will start (1-2 changes not more).

  • kris

    I agree with Ahmad, but these guys are needed to be getting some minutes as well in order for them to gain more experience with the first team and become our future. Manquillo has gotten some lately, and that’s really great for him as seen by his recent performances when he plays. Gimenez on the other hand, hasn’t really played any…. The kid is a BIG defender, was great for Uruguay in the U-20s, and will be great for us too and we need to find a way for him to play,,,, and that has to be in ATLETICO, nowhere else.

    As for Oliver, I hope he makes the best out of this game, and start earning more minutes every game..we need him to be playing more… I would actually like to see these two pacy forwards, Adrian and Leo paired up at the same time.. Would be very interesting… Hector needs some minutes.. Guilavogui has to start.. I am saying the scoreline will be Club Atletico de Madrid 4-0 Sant Andreu. Aupa Atleti!

  • pantic#10

    I don’t agree with Djukic exoneration. Valencia is doing well in Europa League. and could fight for a Europa League spot in La Liga.

    about us:
    Adrian: good news. he’s back to a good physical and mental form.
    Gimenez is strong and promising. i’ll loan him to Rayo for the 2nd part of the season. and keep Manquillo.
    Cebolla is a good player and a good subs. also he’s a true Atleti soul. but i’ afraid he could be sold at the end of the season.

    my 11:
    Manquillo – Godin – Jimenez – Insua
    Josuha – Gabi
    Cebolla – Oliver – Adrian

    hope to see this formation…Oliver with 3 super fast players around him.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    next Sunday Real Madrid will play in Mestalla missing 3 central defenders :
    Ramos for the red card, Pepe for the 5th yellow & Varave due to injury

    with the long season, that could happen to any team, especially the ones who play in 3 tough competitions like us
    and imagine if that happened to us and we only have 3 CDs, so we play with 2 youth players in this very sensitive position ?!!

    yes, I know Gimenez needs minutes, but he can get them here
    I think 500 minutes for an 18 year old are not few
    and I also think that playing 500 minutes with a big team like Atleti is much better than playing 2000 minutes with a small team like Rayo

    Toby have played 630 minutes until this moment, so I guess it’s Gimenez turn to have some for himself

    and about Manquillo, he is our only backup right back
    I know Toby can play in that position, but Manquillo is much better than him, some could even say that he is better than Juanfran

    Atleti is not the team who have the luxury to loan good players, we are not Chelsea !
    our squad is just 23 players, not like others who have 25 or 26
    and from those 23, there are 4 young players who are under 22

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    @PISERAKOS Raul Garcia is not in the game list

    so, those are the XI who I think they will start :

    Manquillo – Toby – Gimenez – Insua
    Gabi – Josuha
    Cebolla – Oliver – Adrian

    and I have a felling that El Cholo could give Bono a chance, it’s very obvious from the preseason that he likes him
    he spent the whole preseason with the first team and even traveled with them to South America
    and he was on the bench in many games, but of course not in UCL (only because he is legitimate)

  • palestine- atletico

    What about the news of Arsenal will pay 38 mil euro to get Diego Costa in winter transfer window??
    Did you hear about it? what do you think!!

  • Shai

    I love the fact that Atletico fans (including myself) support Adrian and will support him through good times and bad.
    I don’t know if other supporters are that patient..

    Aupa Atleti-fans! Aupa Adrian!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    it’s a fact that in recent years Atleti used to sell their star players one after one

    but it’s also a fact that Atleti NEVER sell a key play in winter transfer market

    so relax .. nobody is going any where in January

    and I hope in July and August neither

  • kris

    Costa isn’t going anywhere… By the summer,, All the players will see a salary rise, as promised by Gil, if we reach our season objectives… So far we look like, we will even top the season objectives… But only thinking game by game…

  • piserakos

    Adrian renewed, Garcia is the next and we wait for Koke and Costa to rise their buy-back causes and their salaries. Costa is going nowhere and Koke also (at least untill the summer) let the British dream!

  • pantic#10

    Adrian….ouch….c’mon you can’t miss a penalty 🙁
    Aupa Atleti! let’s tie and win.

  • Jeronamo

    What the fuck is going on with Adrian?

  • Jimbo_With_The_Dancingshoes

    How many assists should oliver have by now? He’s playinhg with their defense as it fits him.
    Also if aranzubia hadn’t touches the ball when they scored the goal wouldn’t have been as it was an indirect freekick meaning that the has hit by one more than the kicker before you can score, so hadn’t aranzubia touched their goal wouldn’t have been.

  • pantic#10

    Why Toby on free kick…instead oliver ??!!
    Oliver should have done it…

  • pantic#10

    Adrian ..this is not your night….too many mistakes

  • Jimbo_With_The_Dancingshoes

    No need for an excperienced keeper if he doesn’t know the rules

  • barcelona8787

    Wow. Atletico looks absolutely terrible today.

  • Silchas

    i’m sorry for Sant Andreu. Such a goal in the extra time is really disappointing.

  • pantic#10

    2-1 Toby saved the match with a goal on the last second.
    Assist by Gabi, who helped to change the match.

  • epoy

    Happy that Adrian extended.. Now we need to extend Raul Garcia’s contract badly before other teams tempt him to do a Bosman.. We cant lose our midfield goalscoring machine for free right?