Match preview: Osasuna vs. Atlético

Spotlight on Atleti in Pamplona following Real win and Barça loss

Costa has 7 goals in last 6 meetings against Osasuna  (www.zimbio.com)

Costa has 7 goals in last 6 meetings against Osasuna
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Atlético are the last of La Liga’s ‘Big Three’ to go into battle this round, with proceedings away at Osasuna set to get underway at 21:00 CET on Sunday.

Atleti are unbeaten in eight consecutive encounters against los Rojillos, and have won three straight at El Sadar.

Diego Costa, who typically lurks around the Manzanares River bend — striking as he pleases — has been known to haunt Pamplona in recent years.

The ‘Beast’ has pillaged Osasuna for a whopping five goals in our last three visits there.

As if that weren’t enough, Costa has scored the men in red and white’s last four goals against their weekend hosts.

The Brazilian, with 21 league goals to his name in the present term, will have a chance to catch up to Cristiano Ronaldo in the Pichichi standings. The Portuguese, suspended for a third league game on the trot after losing an appeal to reduce the ban to two matches, has 22.

But the main storyline heading into this bout, which will be attracting heaps of attention from the Spanish capital, is if los Rojiblancos can keep pace with their eternal rivals Real Madrid.

Los Blancos moved into sole possession of first place on Saturday after dispatching Elche at the Bernabéu, while Barcelona surprisingly stumbled on the road in San Sebastián–Real Sociedad hammering the dumbfounded Culés 3-1.

An Atleti victory on Sunday will set up a massive confrontation against Real the following weekend.

The major Colchonero squad story is that one of our superstar defenders is back from what felt like too-long-of-an-injury-layoff.

José Giménez…is not who we’re talking about. Oh, the young Uruguay international is finally back–but, all the buzz will revolve around the return of left-back Filipe Luis.

In his three-week absence since sustaining a groin injury in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals against Athletic Bilbao, the squad has lost three times.

It goes without saying that Filipe’s return will be met with some serious fist-pumping in Rojiblanco land.

Several of our men will have to tread lightly about the pitch if they’d like to suit up for the final Madrid Derby of the season–one that could very well have strong implications on the league title when it’s all said and done.

If Osasuna newcomer Cristian Lobato, who joined the squad on loan from Barcelona B in January, proves prophetic, Atleti may have a hard time keeping their cool.

“We’ll be very aggressive against Atlético,” the left-winger said earlier in the week.

Perhaps that’s why Diego Simeone backtracked on his suggestion that he would not rest any of his suspension-threatened players as a precautionary measure ahead of Real Madrid’s visit to the Calderón next Sunday.

According to AS, Filipe, Miranda, and Arda will all sit alongside each other on the bench for this clash–with Insua, Toby Alderweireld and Diego expected in the fold in their stead.

That leaves us with two starters on four yellows: Diego Godín and Costa.

Tiago, the sixth man with four bookings, remains injured and will miss out, as will the lucky-to-still-be-alive Javi Manquillo.

“It’s a hard match against opponents that are comfortable on their ground and that play intensely at a high rhythm,” Simeone warned on Saturday during his pre-game press conference.

“We’re going to have to come out tough because we’re going to find ourselves up against very pumped-up opponents.

“That will make it a very entertaining game.”

What does Costa have in common with all of Osasuna? No, not gross testosterone level–but that’s not a bad guess.

Goal total.

Javi Gracia’s men have struggled mightily on offense–Betis the only team with less goals than his club’s 21 this season.

Time is running out for the somewhat relegation-threatened outfit, so any points at home could obviously prove critical in their mission to avoid the drop to Segunda.

Atlético match selection:
Goalkeepers: Aranzubia, Courtois
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Alderweireld, Giménez, Juanfran, Insua, Miranda
Midfielders: Mario, Koke, The Real Raúl, Arda, Cebolla, Gabi, Diego, Sosa
Forwards: Adrián, Villa, Costa

Osasuna match selection:
Goalkeepers: Asier Riesgo, Andrés Fernández
Defenders: Bertrán, Flaño, Arribas, Oier, Loties, Damiá
Midfielders: Lolo, Armenteros, Cejudo, Lobato, Silva, Loé, Torres
Forwards: Nino, Acuña, Riera


  • Pantic#10

    Courtois
    Juanfran, godin, toby, insua
    Gabi, mario
    Villa, diego ribas, koke
    Diego costa

    Or 4-4-2 …4-5-1 … We continue to switch module during the match 😉

    Difficult match.
    Aupa Atleti!

  • farhan

    barca lost… play this for 3 point lead…

  • Chewie

    Courtois
    Juanfran Godin Toby Insua
    Gabi Mario
    Sosa Diego Koke
    Costa

    I’d like to see us with three AMs – crazy flank attacks! And then switch Sosa to Adrian, Insua to Filipe and Koke/Costa to Villa/RG8.

  • Amr Habib mukadaffi

    why doesnt filipe, miranda and arda play?

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    for the first time, I believe the big liar AS and don’t believe El Cholo
    he said he won’t rest any player who is ready, but I believe he will
    he said that both Osasuna & Real games worth 3 points, but he knows and we know that this is not true

    Real game worth 6 points .. even more than that,
    it could worth the title if we tied with them in the number of points,
    then the head-to-head results are the decisive factor

    Toby is just as good as Miranda, or at least Miranda is just a little better than him,
    but playing next to Godin and in front of Courtois should make us no problems

    Arda and Diego are in the same level, and Diego is even better in such a close game in a small field, beside he didn’t play a single minute at San Siro

    so, 2 who are in danger of suspension will be benched

    but the one who I’m not sure if he will play or not is Filipe .. and I think he shouldn’t
    he will not be in his full fitness after coming back from injury, so he could be outran by Osasuna players and forced to make a foul to stop them that could cost him his 5th booking

    I believe Insua made a good game at San Siro and deserves more trust

    Athletic just won 5-1 in El Sadar less than month ago, why not we win 5-0 and take the lead from Madrid by 1 goal difference .. until we beat them next week and don’t need the goal difference any more

  • Ali

    Courtois juanfran toby miranda insua diego mario gabi koke raul Garcia david villa! For me we should start the game with this line up and after half time if we are level then we must change!

  • jeronamo

    I’m gonna miss the match guys… I look forward to coming back here and reading the play by play commentary from you guys

  • This game and the Real game can determine our la liga season.
    A tough match vs osasuna but we’re up for it. And we could beat Real next week in Calderon
    Aupa Atleti! To the title we go!

  • kris

    Jeronamo, I got you covered mate. Lol umm, it seems today we are going full attack. Look at this team.
    This is our starting XI. I guess, we really want to score in this match. Praying none of the players on four yellows get carded. Fingers crossed.

    Courtois
    Juanfran-Toby-Godin-Filipe
    Gabi – Mario
    Diego – Adrian
    Villa-Costa

  • Pantic#10

    Super offensive team!!
    C’mon Adrian!!!!!

  • kris

    Unbelievable! Nobody is tracking Cejudo’s run. 1-0. COme on boys!!

  • pantic#10

    yes Kris…alone and free to score….

  • Jeronamo

    Fuck it I’m staying home… I saw that I have to watch

  • palestine-atletico

    Worst atletico defense since 10 years!!!

  • Jeronamo

    How many games has it been that we’ve been this poor now?

  • palestine-atletico

    Fuck this defense i hate to watch this atletico!! Mario is watching the goal!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chewie

    Playing like a bunch of clowns. Unbelievable! 0-2. Fuck.

  • kris

    Oh my. 2-0? Are you for reals?

  • pantic#10

    what a shot by Armenteros!….
    damn…2-0

  • Dircil

    what the fuck is happening with us???? 2-0 already. Is it the symptom of unconsistency that we used to have before? Man, I’m really mad now

  • Will

    I guess we won’t make it…

  • Chewie

    Let’s wait for the second half. At the moment everyone is terrible. In every aspect of the game it looks hopeless.

  • kris

    Good shot by Diego Costa. At least we are trying to get goals.

  • pantic#10

    Osasuna is playing a great match, fast and aggressive.
    we are suffering, but in the last 5 minutes we started to play… after 20 minutes of sleeping

  • Jeronamo

    Smh it’s not that osasuna is great pantic. Every time we play horrible u guys commend the opponents, its not that they are great it’s just that we are being awful

  • kris

    Amen, Jeronamo.

  • kris

    Filipe losing the ball from dribbling? is he being rushed back?

  • Jeronamo

    I think he is being rushed back Kris… I was wondering why he started immediately back from injury

  • pantic#10

    in my opinion Osasuna did a strong start. we not. if we were awful it’s also by the worth of Osasuna.
    now we took control of the game.
    5 minutes to the break..we must score.

  • MR

    the second disastrous display in 1 week…the 4th in 2 weeks…
    just like Almeria, Osasuna also can only score against us.
    an incredible drop of form since December…

  • kris

    Unbelievable! We are done for 3-0.

  • kris

    So weak….

  • pantic#10

    3-0 goodbye…

  • kris

    Every fucking chance they get they score! Why are they even creating chances in the first place??

  • Jeronamo

    Hahahha Pantic… Does this really look like amazing osasuna or horrible atleti?

  • Chewie

    Now we are fucked.

  • pantic#10

    without a doubt we’re not playing well, it’s obvious. i only give credit to our opponents.
    who played better than us.

  • Dircil

    Now I can firmly believe that Diego brings misfortune to our club. After he returned to Atletico, things are getting worse! I miss the first half season Atletico. We played very solidly during that time and even though we did not play the creative football, at least we still could win. The current form of Atletico reminds me of the inconsistent Atletico that we used to see!

  • Imran

    Came to beat osasuna by 5 goals and now 3-0 down unbelievable !!

  • Jeronamo

    I agree with MR. Since December we have been playing really below that level

  • pantic#10

    45 minutes is a lot of time. there’s time to tie.
    let’s see what happens. i still hope in a great 2nd half.

  • palestine-atletico

    Dont hate me guys but each game diego starts we lose! I started to hate watching him on ground

  • Jeronamo

    Maybe it’s not his fault but I would have never started Adrain… I mean Cebolla has shown that he is better and has the fight and will to play so why not him instead?

  • farhan

    am crying right now….we are fucked…by osasuna….i dont want to see any sub in 2nd half

  • MR

    @JARONAMO Adrián looks like being high, struggling to find out what he should do on the pitch

  • farhan

    why the hell our team is sleeping …..someone xplain this

  • kris

    I ask everyone to pray right now for Atletico.. Please…. we can still win this match. Miracles happen!

  • Sajedeh

    Atletico… where are you my strong atletico??? where are you?????

  • pantic#10

    what do you think? diego out and koke in? Adrian out and Sosa in?
    Who do you change?

    I don’t change the def.
    Gabi and Mario, must play…because no Guillavogui and Tiago.

    Adrian out, i keep Diego, and the others.

    I change only Adrian for the moment.

  • Jeronamo

    He’s been that way for two seasons now MR.

    Farhan I have no idea what’s going on. … maybe they aren’t motivated. It’s been awful and I can’t point my finger at one player when everyone is playing at about the same level of nonsense as eash other

  • Dircil

    @PALESTINE-ATLETICO: Now I got somebody having the same thinking that I have

  • farhan

    huh it only happen of we not use sub

  • marcelo

    I honestly cannot believe people are blaming Diego for this…… Our defending has been worse than a defensive pairing of Bramble and Boumsong. Some childish comments today.

  • pantic#10

    Mario out and Koke in

  • Chewie

    Diego tried his best but Osasuna played with concentration and out players didn’t move too well. They look tired and nervous, unfocused. We must take Mario out, he’s playing with fire. Let’s make it super-attacking with 4-1-3-2 since being down 3 goals we have nothing to lose. And there’s no chance that we will ever get close to Barca/Real in goal difference. I don’t care if we go all attack and lose 0-5. Shit, we already lose 0-3 to OSASUNA. Playing like freaking Getafe.

  • Jeronamo

    Agreed Marcelo

  • Will

    @MARCELO, if the attack can’t hold the ball it’s hard to blame only the defense. All the team is playing bad. Diego is losing the ball all the time, trying to shoot, dribble or passing to strong. He has some fault but surely not only him.

  • ali_

    what are u guys talkin about? we havent played a good match in 2014. we were lucky, the opposition was shit, but this is not the atletico from 2013 spring. real is going to rape us, im sure.

  • Jeronamo

    Agreed Chewie

  • farhan

    i think garcia replacing villa

  • Jeronamo

    Adrian has got to be Simione’s fucking pet

  • Dircil

    @Marcelo: I don’t blame him, I just said that his presence brings bad luck to Atletico. That’s it!

  • NESTOR7

    ALI@ I agree with U with everything U said… we are looking soo tired and slow and we were so lucky in most of the games in 2014.. where is that passion that agression that determination from first half of season?
    i think this is what Simeone says that we are not title contenders, and we are not! we dont look like one for sure.. everything that is not came in our net at San Siro tonight is getting, we cant have that luck every game.
    4 times diego starts and yet 4 time we loose.. i think we have to be realistic and accept that 3 place and to play again in CL next year, and this year what i think is quarter finals is our maximum..

  • marcelo

    The 1st goal we conceded was a terrible clearance from Juanfran and the 3rd one was horrible man marking by our Central defenders. The 2nd goal was brilliant but we needed to press quicker. I stand by my point. Us being horrible defensively is a huge understatement.

  • kris

    OSASUNA FUCKING DOMINATING US!! OUT OF ALL TEAMS. FUCKING OSASUNA!!

  • kris

    My stream has went down. And I don’t even believe anymore. I guess that’s it for today. Headed off to the bathroom to cry.

  • farhan

    going to mark this day on calender

  • kris

    Nahh, fuck it, I am watching. i can’t miss this. goddamn. I want to but I just can’t!!!!Ughhhhh!!

  • Jeronamo

    Ok so Arda was brought on for deigo and it looks like the exact same thing. .. you know why? Because Adrain’s movement is poor… so the only choice is to lose the ball or shoot it into a player

  • Jeronamo

    Yeah I’m upset but imma see this true

  • farhan

    one goal plzzzz

  • kris

    Yup, agree, Adrian HAS to be Simeone’s little pet. God fawkkk!!

  • farhan

    i dont know why but i think this is good ….. loosing before derby…. really help them to figure out their mistakes….

  • kris

    Diego Costa, has a chance to finally score by shooting. Dives. Claps.

  • kris

    How many times do we need to lose before realizing how bad we are? This is not good at all. We lost two straight times against them. We should know..

  • farhan

    that 5-0 revenge is more important…. copa semi…. real madrid

  • farhan

    am from india and it is 3.10am …. most disappointing …. reault…3-0…. got chance but unable to convert them into goals

  • palestine-atletico

    WTF……. we will lose against real we will finish third and real madrid will win la liga…. we will pass milan but will be knocked out in the next stage.
    Saaaaaad for such result and performance

  • Jeronamo

    Ok guys…. What’s your game analysis?

  • Ash

    we gave up ball way too easily and that’s not only caused us dearly tonight but also nearly saw us defeated in san siro.

  • AaX

    TOBY IS NOT AS GOOD AS MIRANDA! HE’S THE WEAK LINK OF THE TEAM’S FORMIDABLE DEFENCE. I’VE SEEN FEW GOALS LEAKED FROM HIS POSITION. ANYWAYS WE CAN FORGET ABOUT THE LEAGUE WHEN GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS WE WASTE ALREADY MORE THAN THRICE THIS SEASON AS WELL NOT MEETING OBJECTIVE OF GETTING THE RESULT AGAINST WINNABLE TEAMS. JUST DO WELL IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. I JUST DON’T THINK WE’LL BE HANDED OUT ANYMORE OPPORTUNIES. FROM NOW ON WE HAVE TO EARN IT !!

  • piserakos

    @Jeronamo… Are you serious??? You expect analysis after that??? Damn I would do one… First I will say what I feel…
    We will not even fight for La Liga after the derbi, we will lose and maybe with many goals on difference… The Atleti at the last 3 month (at least) is even worst than Manzano’s Atleti!!! I’m sure about this… Only with Sosiedad we were good, all the other games (even if we won Milan, Valladolid, Malaga) we were terrible… How the 2nd worst offence at La Liga scored 3 times against us??? We should play like there is no tomorrow against Real, cause the fact is that there isn’t… If we lose we say goodbay at La Liga (probably even if we win we won’t win it and i don’t have problem with this) and our psychologie will fall a lot. So much than maybe even Milan will eliminate us!
    Anyway now let’s analyse what we saw today. I will talk about everyone.
    Courtois, at the 3rd goal you should do better.
    Juanfran, many stupid mistakes and complete out of game. He has an excuse that Adrian didn’t helped at all.
    Godin-Toby, not many mistakes but it was obvius they don’t have chemistry
    Felipe, it was a fault to use him from the begging. He was complete out of game!
    Mario-Gabi, the worst game they played a lot time now. Gabi has many concecultive bad games.
    Diego, out of the team chemistry. He is talented but he don’t have chemistry with the team, when we use him we change our style and we lose… I believe he is the flop of the season
    Adrian, if it wasn’t his last chance then Cholo you must be crazy.
    Villa-Costa, were both useless… Costa had some chances but he was to angry to play footballl…
    Cholo, even if he did changes at the half they were TOO LATE!!! He underestimated the game, he didn’t really inspired the players to fight! Also, if you want to protect 3 players from the cards then why any of them picked a card against Valladolid??? Use your mind!!
    Garcia, was our MVP i think he was the only one who tried something
    Koke-Arda, they wanted to help but they couldn’t
    Anyway the reason why we sack latter for me is simple! No passion… If I remember well the last time I saw really passion from our players was the game against Bilbao for La Liga and i’m not kidding! We all time stay back, try a little and hope the god will help us win…. We don’t have the cup, we have a final against Real next Sunday (if we lose then goodbay La Liga) and after that we must see again this Cholo team at CL…. Vamos Atleti!!!!!!!!

  • Jeronamo

    Haha well said Piserakos. I just want to hear all thoughts

  • AaX

    I Think the right line up for a non midweek game important match like this should be :

    Costa Villa SUBS :
    Koke Diego 1) Arda
    Mario S Gabi (C) 2) Raul Garcia
    Filipe Godin Miranda Juanfran 3) Manquio
    Courtois

    THAT’S ALL.

  • AaX

    I Think the right line up for a non midweek game important match like this should be :
    Costa Villa
    Koke Diego
    Mario S Gabi (C)
    Filipe Godin Miranda Juanfran
    Courtois

    SUBS : 1) Arda 2) Raul Garcia 3) Manquio

    THAT’S ALL.

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