The red and white aftermath: Match Day 28

Atleti keep close on Real Madrid's trail with hard-fought win over Espanyol

Costa bagged the match-winner against Espanyol  (clubatleticodemadrid,com)

Costa bagged the match-winner against Espanyol
(clubatleticodemadrid,com)

15 home games into the present La Liga campaign and Atlético remain unvanquished at the Vicente Calderón.

Espanyol, the latest visitors to ‘Cholo Castle’, certainly put up a fight–but los Rojiblancos were able to gut out the result for their third straight triumph in all competitions.

In spite of coming out of the gate ferociously Saturday night, Atleti’s attacks were successfully stifled by Espanyol throughout the first 45 minutes.

Javier Aguirre’s men employed very aggressive tactics, hacking down our players often and preventing them from getting into any sort of rhythm on offense.

It was a choppy game, and our countless crosses into the box were mostly foiled by the Periquito defence.

Meanwhile, we looked vulnerable on the counter.

Luckily for us, Thibaut Courtois was an impenetrable force field for our opponents, keeping us in the game long enough for Diego Costa to finally puncture Kiko Casilla’s goal.

Atlético struggled to exterminate their foes in the last half hour of the bout, which made for some very tense final minutes at the Calderón.

Along with the three points, the final whistle brought with it a huge collective sigh of relief, as Atleti remain alive in the hunt for the league title following Real Madrid’s 1-0 win in Málaga just prior to kick-off.

If los Colchoneros can pull off a victory at the Benito Villaramín next Sunday where they square off against Betis, a Madrid defeat to Barcelona in the Clásico a few hours later will propel us to the top of the table.

Post-game notes and quotes:

Simeone’s still not ready to talk about trophies

“We had to work for it,” admitted Atleti boss Diego Simeone in his post-game press conference.

“When you don’t end up scoring the second one, the nerves show up. We managed them well. They didn’t have great chances, but they did have possibilities of going on the attack.”

He continued, showering praise on his squad: “What the players are doing is extraordinary. There are no other words because they give the maximum and are able to achieve results.

“They held on to the shutout and continue to keep their prospects high in La Liga and in the Champions League.”

‘El Cholo’ then explained how the red and white stripes help his team get pumped up for battle.

“We are motivated when we walk into the dressing room and we see the Atlético shirt,” he said.

“We feel like we can identify with the fans. We have to work hard for everything, everything is complicated and tough, and we keep pushing like the vast majority of society has to.”

Simeone refused to speak of his club’s chances of lifting the league title this season.

“I’ve said it on other occasions: we will not talk about it until there are five games left,” he said.

“If we make it there in the same position we’re in now, we’ll start talking about other things.”

Costa reaches 30 goals in official competition this season

“He wasn’t precise in the first half,” Cholo said of his deadliest weapon Diego Costa, who came into the clash on the back of a two-goal performance on Tuesday against AC Milan.

“I like how he got out of his struggles. He didn’t find the cross or the perfect pass but he waited for his moment calmly and got open, and that’s what I take from his game.

“He went from struggle to success with ease and confidence in himself.”

Costa’s match-winner was his 30th goal of the current campaign and 22nd strike in league play. The 25-year-old is a hat trick away from the Primera División’s top scorer Cristiano, who tallied his 25th in Málaga on Saturday.

‘The Beast’ paid tribute to Emerson de Almeida Souza, or ‘Totoca’, after finding the back of the net. Souza was a 24-year-old lawyer and childhood friend from Costa’s hometown of Lagarto who was recently killed in a car accident, according to AS reporter Dani Hidalgo.

“It was for a friend of mine and for his family,” Costa said of the message written on his shirt that he revealed while celebrating our lone strike.

“I’m very happy about the result. Espanyol played a great match. They made things very hard for us, but this makes us stronger.

“We knew how to suffer when we had to suffer.”

Ok, but did Thibaut really have to suffer?

Our Belgian wonderkeeper Thibaut Courtois delivered some heroic saves on the night to earn his 20th shutout of the season (14th in La Liga).

Let’s hope Thibaut can remember them though.

With about 15 minutes left on the clock, Courtois was knocked out cold after he took a charging Espanyol forward Jhon Córdoba’s knee directly to his forehead.

It got pretty scary for a moment there. ‘Tibu’ lie motionless for about 30 seconds until Filipe smacked him in the face to see if he was still alive.

The World Cup-bound shotstopper got up, shook off the stars and, still looking a little woozy, continued between the sticks.

Just a few minutes after suffering that blow, he miscalculated a dive to the right and ended up making a save with his beautiful face.

As one Atleti supporter put it: “Better a dizzy Courtois than a fresh Aranzubia.”

Other notes:

  • David Villa was very active in front of goal on Saturday, and was our biggest threat up top in the first half. Time-after-time, ‘El Guaje’ beat his markers to the ball in the air–on one occasion forcing a fine save from Espanyol goalkeeper Casilla. The breakthrough strike appeared close for the former Culé forward, who has 15 goals with Atleti, but it never arrived. He did pick up his third assist of the term though, when he fed a lovely pass to Costa. By now it’s clear that Villa is to be primarily utilised by Simeone in La Liga, as the Asturian, having nabbed a brace to give us the victory in Vigo last weekend, did not take part at all against Milan on Tuesday. In fact, the 32-year-old striker has only started one game in Champions League this season and has appeared in two others as a substitute.
  • Tobias Albertine Maurits Alderweireld, or Toby, stepped in for the suspended Miranda and performed admirably alongside Diego Godín, who made his 150th appearance with Atlético. Godín’s official debut in red and white came on August 27 2010, in a game against Inter Milan that ended with the Uruguayan lifting his first title on European soil. The 28-year-old has gone on to win three more trophies with Atleti, and has 12 goals to his name since joining the club.
  • Tiago, who just recovered from injury, will be forced to serve suspension for our trip to Sevilla next weekend when we take on bottom-of-the-league Betis. The former Portugal international was booked for a fifth time this season, when he, according to the referee’s official act, moved a ball from the spot of a foul in the 89th minute. Meanwhile, Espanyol’s Stuani won the Xabi Alonso Award by committing five fouls without getting a yellow.
  • Filipe Luís has gone an impressive 10 league games without earning a booking, and 16 games overall without seeing yellow. He’s the last man standing in the four-yellow club. “The three points are very sweet,” Filipe said after the match. “We’re very happy to remain up top.”
  • As much as Gabi was lauded, rightfully, for his tremendous performance on Tuesday, the match against Milan apparently took a physical toll on him. ‘Captain Colchonero’ did not look at all sharp on Saturday, and made two horrendous passes that very fortunately didn’t result in Espanyol goals. With a little rest, including two off days before the squad returns to practice on Tuesday, our skipper should be back at full strength for our trip to Sevilla.
  • Simeone surprisingly opted to roll out with countryman José Sosa, as opposed to handing a start to Diego. “He’s gotten three assists in the few games he’s played in,” Cholo said with regard to his decision. “Today, there weren’t many spaces for him and for Arda, Villa or Costa. Sosa is offering us important things and we have faith in him.” ‘The Little Prince’ failed to impress this time around, committing turnover after turnover in the final third until Cholo decided to replace him with Koke. Sure enough, moments after Sosa stepped out and our ‘Resurrector’ stepped in, we broke the deadlock.

  • farhan

    who knows …VILLA may score hatrick agains betis

  • marcelo

    Dunno if you guys have heard of Max Kruse. Such a brilliant player. We should definitely go for him this summer. Can’t believe Monchengladbach signed him for 2 mil!

  • sajedeh

    that,s compeletly true farhan :)) i know

  • farhan

    atleti must sign courtis permanently he is good gk and we need him he us still young so it is probable he may stays with us for long time anyway …
    KEEP CLAM AND BELIVE IN VILLA. we are now seriuos contentor for ucl….. hope we face olympiacos or.. man u or dortmund…dortmund are not strong as they were in previous season….
    cmon villa hattrick please…

  • sajedeh

    i,m waiting for dv,s hattrick fora long time,too. his last one was in spain national team against tahiti . that,s a very long time

  • farhan

    villa is in good form right now increasing his work rate … everything going in right way… he is most experianced atleti player knows how to play in pressure nice control and all… perfect shoot…and in our further progress he will play the key role.. he played 500+ games scored 300+ goals… we really need him .his experiance of playing in laliga and and european level….cmon Villa now shine up please. capable of scoring from any angles i believe in him i know in the end he will be leading us to victory
    i hope we can reach ucl final….runner up is also a good achievment for us … just pray no more injuries and suspension …. we dont have enough quality backup players like our rivals…..

  • farhan

    yaaa i know … he is the reason i start watchimg football for me he is thr best

  • Sajedeh

    For me , too . l can,t even think of football whitout maravillaaaa

  • kris

    Diego Godin is 25 years old? :o.

  • Jeronamo

    Lol that was my reaction too Kris

  • piserakos

    Godin is 28 years old 😛
    We weren’t that good yesterday but we won and that is what matters right now. Max Kruse is really good, last year he was the MVP of Freiburg at their great season. 2 millions for him are not much but i don’t think he has the quality for Atleti.
    Vamos Atleti

  • marcelo

    He has been brilliant for Monchengladbach. Defo Atleti quality imo. Cholo will take him to another level.

  • Jeronamo

    I hope Barca absolutely rape Real next week… I can’t stand the way real prances around like they’ve already won the league.

  • Martin Rosenow

    Whoops! Wishful thinking. Piserakos is right, Godín is 28. Corrected.

  • starvs

    I question leaving Courtois in after that blow, but got away with it.

    I would sell everyone but Koke (and Cholo….) to secure Courtois long term, he is just so fucking good, it’s ridic.

  • Yon

    This has me loling a lot ‘Better a dizzy Courtois than a fresh Aranzubia.’

  • Kulan

    Speaking of goalies; anyone knows if Bounou has the talent and skill to be first-team goalkeeper in à year or two if we don’t manage to get Courtois on à long-term basis this summer?

  • Jeronamo

    Asenjo just saved a penalty and Oli is playing pretty good also for villareal

  • Lubo

    @KULAN:
    Well, Bono might become a decent goalkeeper. Just like Joel. But I’m afraid that will never be given a proper chance to show off
    But speaking about the goalkeepers, Courtois would cost a huge amount of money. Yeah, people love him, he is a great keeper, but still – money issue. But there are rumours, we already signed a pre-contract with Keylor Navas who, along with Courtois and maybe Valdes, is the best GK in La Liga. And that would save us a lot of €a$h.
    But generally, if we are about to splash the money, bring the lost son back home – De Gea, but that’s just my unreal wish 🙂

  • piserakos

    @lube… Courtois is really better than De Gea…I also would like Navas, he would cost less than 4 millions and his salary would be much smaller. Thibaut will cost us almost 30! It’s simple. Bring Navas and radicaly give chances to Bono to show himself. Or bring Courtois and have a GK for 15 years and sell all the others. It’s simple 2 choises. Both of them are good, one cheaper and one better

  • Lubo

    @Piserakos: I wouldn’t be so harsh on De Gea. With the defense and the defensive system Cholo applied on this team, I’m sure De Gea too would do a perfect job. He is the only solid player in Manchester United team this year. He is our home-grown, and would probably cost less than Courtois. But again, if Courtois’ signing failed and Atletico is in a position to spend really big money on a keeper, I would turn the attention to De Gea (as I said, it’s only my own opinion – maybe I should start playing Football Manager again). But applying the rhetoric and philosophy of Vulcan nation, approaching for Navas is logical. Best years ahead of him, proven internationally, proven in La Liga, statistically miles ahead of anyone and wouldn’t cost a fortune.

  • Ali

    I really prefer navas over de gae he’s still young and he’s a good shot stopper but he’s bad in decision making. Here is our summer transfer list. 1) bring navas if courtois leaves. 2) bring rakitic , El Niño , and a new left back maybe alberto Moreno but he’ll be quite expensive then we should bring ben Davies. And sell adrian, cabello and insua.

  • piserakos

    About De Gea staff… I would also like him cause i love a team from many canteranos.
    Let’s see our transfer list. We allready sold Roberto and we will probably sell Asenjo. We also have Silvio. Sell them and keep money for Courtois. If we can not take Courtois take Navas and maybe one more GK.
    Everything is on Courtois. If we but Courtois then we would have to sell Adrian, Cebolla and Insua. From all the sells we will have about 30-40 million… We would give almost 30 for Courtois and we will have 10 more to keep Diego and buy Correa (or Rakitic).
    If we won’t buy Courtois. We will give about 4 mil for Navas, we can bring Rakitic and Correa (25 mill for both of them) and maybe we would have almost 10 more million to bring one more player. I think we would bring Menez or someone like him.
    About Insua. If he leaves there are 2 options. 1 keep Silvio, 2 bring another decent back-up Moreno would cost 30 million, too much! We can bring many left backs with 4-5 millions
    About Torres, to see him again at our shirts would be if Villa will leave or Costa.
    Also don’t forget that Joshua, Saul, Baptistao, Ruben Perez, and Oliver and some other youngsters would return from loan and probably we will learn 1-2 new canteranos who would need minutes. So we would sell probably Perez and maybe Tiago won’t stay. That means more money!

  • Ali

    Villa contract is ending in the summer do we offered him contract renewal or we,ll leave in summer? Anyone knows!!

  • piserakos

    @ali… He wants to stay. We want him but we made it clear that he has to low his salary a lot if he wants to stay. If not then there are offers from USA, England and Italy. According to Marca if they take him they will give some million, Atleti will take the 50% of them and Barca the other 50%.

  • Kris

    Villa will stay until the end of next season after that well see what happens. I would love to take a picture with him here in the USA if he comes. A legend he is. Great striker.

  • Ali

    Man u qualifies into last 8 i would love to see our team trashing another historic club!

  • Pantic#10

    Olympiakos should buy a good goalkeeper, because Roberto did a terrible mistake on Van Pierse free kick 🙂
    Sarcasm 🙂

  • piserakos

    @pantic… I was watching the game with my brother and my father (both of them olympiakos fans) and durring the whole game they were telling me about how good Roberto is and he is one of the best GK at the world etc… I told them, i know him! You baught him from us. He is good but not like Courtois, De Gea, Noer etc. He does silly mistakes many times! At the goal i told them, oh my god what he did now?? Even i could catch the ball! Hahahah they were dead at the goal… By the way United needed the referee, i would like tomorrow the draw will bring them to us

  • Jeronamo

    Let’s not get like Muntari. Stop wishing for opponents please, we’ll take on whoever… plus I remember some of you guys saying we should strive to get to this stage like malaga did, well here we are. Now let’s keep supporting the team as we’ve done so far. Btw I was secretly hoping for Manchester too :p

  • piserakos

    @jeronamo… our goal was to finish 3rd, reach the quarter-finals and reach the games with Real or Barca at Coppa! Well we did it! Now it’s time to ovepass our goal. We can only win!

  • Pantic#10

    Anyway Olympiakos did a great 2nd half! I really enjoyed it.
    That Costarica kid Campbell is very promising.
    DeGea did some absolutely wonderful saves, i remember 2 or 3.
    Now let’s see which will be our next opponent.
    Barca
    Borussia
    Real Madrid
    Man Utd
    Bayern
    Chelsea
    PSG

    2 from Germany
    3 from Spain (includig us)
    2 from UK
    1 from France

  • piserakos

    @pantic… Campbell is a fantastic player. I saw him last year with Betis he was great. Arsenal has his right (he is on load at Olympiakos) and they want him back. De Gea did one double great save, all the others were shot on him. It would be intresting. i think we can pass them all. I don’t want Barca.
    Bayer would be the strongest and this is going to be to intresting.
    Real is another derby madrileno.
    BVB it is one team like us (not many money) and i think this year we are better.
    MU i think they are the ‘weakest’ team (muntari 2)
    Chelsea a big team but they are not like Bayer, Real or Barca. We have 50-50 with them, only Murinho is what makes me feel worry.
    PSG, not something special. Great team with a lot of fantastic players.

  • farhan

    want real to face us in semis…

  • farhan

    i dont think villa joinig Mls he may sign valencia instead of going there …

  • sajedeh

    happy NOROOZ every one!!! i think here ,there are a few peple who celebrate NOROOZ in their contries. any ways congralations!!!!

  • farhan

    just read man u are may make move for simeone… dont know but i think simeone will not leave atleti …. next season

  • starvs

    Why would Cholo leave a legit CL contender to not even play in Europa League…which he’s won before….

  • piserakos

    cause it’s Premier League… They think they are the centre of the world! I don’t care about those rumors Cholo will not leave Atleti at the near future!

  • Ali

    LOL cholo already said if he leaves atletico then he,ll manage argentina not any other club.

  • farhan

    hope atleti vs man u or vs dortmund.. dont want rm to face us …

  • pantic#10

    Barca!
    Barca!
    Barca – Atletico
    Champions League

  • farhan

    barca vs atleti
    .
    MARAVILLA… take the revenge

  • Silchas

    now we play 6 times this season against barca, kind of boring.

  • Chewie

    Hope this time we’ll finally defeat Barca.

  • tattu mian

    we can do this shit!!!

  • farhan

    we will win against barca this time am sure . we are playing better than them …. we are working harder
    ….AUPA ATLETI

  • what a draw. Not a bad draw cos we wil
    play the second leg at home

  • Jeronamo

    Meh…. I knew Bayern would’ve gotten one of the easier draws… same as real

  • piserakos

    Barca here we comming! Aupa Atleti!!!

  • Gerard Piqué the great

    Apart from Dortmund due to all their injuries, Atletico was the easiest draw for us. Man Utd suck but they still have more quality on their day than Pathetico.

    I’m absolutely delighted and can not wait to see Messi end your season. Your basic 4-4-2 formation and thug approach to the game will finally be beaten. The refs in Europe will actually give you the red cards you deserve unlike the refs domestically who favor the Madrid based clubs like yourselves.

  • Dircil

    the most favorable opponents for Atletico would be Dortmund or Manchester United but it’s a shame that we do not face them in the next round! I think we need to rape Barca at Calderon because it’s unlikely that we can beat them at Nou Camp

  • farhan

    keep calm and aupa atleti.. barca will raped by atleti….. sooo y Y SO SERIOUS.??????

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    6 games vs Barca in 1 season .. I would love to have that every single season !

    We didn’t lose any of the 3 previous games this season, and if we play the same solid games I would say this tie is 50-50

    A tie in UCL 1/4 finals is very difficult no matter who is the opponent, so if we gonna reach the semis, I would prefer to go through Real or Barca

    The Manzanares river ends in Lisbon

  • Pantic#10

    No we’ll not win against Barca.
    Two ties . 1-1 at the camp nou and 0-0 at the Calderon.
    Barca won the supercup in this way…well we’ll reach semi-finals in the same way 😉

  • Valinia

    the draw isnt bad at all since i dun think we will get any chance to win against bayern n chelsea, n barca never beat us this season.. hopefully we r not gonna see the acting frm barca actors n uefas favourism towards barca 🙂

  • jeronamo

    What????? You don’t think we could beat Bayern or Chelsea????? what kind of thinking is that? We can beat anyone… i would have preferred an all spanish tie for the semis with all three teams reaching the semis because that in itself would have said alot for our league. Atleti is one of the teams that everyone…. EVERYONE was trying to avoid facing and for good reason, We Are Atleti!!!

  • farhan

    i agree with jeronamo

  • Chewie

    I don’t give a shit about Spanish semis. Barca and Real do not represent the Spanish league. They represent only themselves. It’s Atletico who stands for all the poor spanish clubs. And if we will overthrow Barcelona and then face P$G or CHEL$EA it will truly be a heroic achievement. Even more so if we will win the whole thing. What we need is all players fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. We need to destroy Betis and come into the first leg as confident as Costa. Then it will be 50/50. If the penalty shootout will decide our fate, then I’m worried – Courtois sucks at this element while Valdes is more agile, I suppose.

    But – keep calm and believe in Cholo, for in him we trust!

  • jeronamo

    Don’t be silly, any team from a league represents that league once they are playing in the champions league. I’m not saying we should be absolutely jumping for joy for an team besides our own but from where i stand and the vast majority of people who watch the teams in the champions league the teams who reach this stage and beyond can boast of being the best or better than many.

    For years when the BPL had 4 teams still in the competition at this stage it did well as an advertisement for their league. I’m happy that Atleti is here and that we have a huge chance and opportunity to even win it but all i was saying is that it would have been good for the league if this happened at the semis, don’t let your hatred for the others ruin your view of what advertisement of a league is

  • Valinia

    @JERONAMO i wish we can but i truly think tht they r better teams than barca n real.. bayern n chelsea r well-disciplined, strong at both attack n defence (dun think the big 2 in la liga hv great defence), n they also hv great players like robben, ribery n hazard who r gonna cause big trouble to the defenders (just like what kaka did to us during the 2nd leg, we could hardly chase him.. glad that other milan player sucks). not gonna deny tht im kinda pessimistic person though

  • epoy

    Come on dude. Cholo already said that dreaming is for the fans so lets.be very optimistic of our chances. We can beat any of the 7 remaining. We can beat Chelsea (4-1!!!), bayern and hell yeah barca!

  • Ali

    I want to see the reaction of THE GREAT GERARD PIQUE when pique scores an own goal like he did last year against bayern! Haha LOL stupid barca fans.

  • starvs

    Fuck it, all the games would be hard (Man U, eh….), let’s just win.

  • kris

    Lol i disagree thatChelsea have.both agood attack and a defense. Youll see they ONLY depend on defense and wait to attack. Chelsea play horrible football atleast we press much harder. PSG arr throuh to the semis already. Atleti Barca is getting boring hopefully we can knock them out of the.CL this time around. Aupa Atleti!

  • palestine-atletico

    We will do it a draw in camp nue and a win in calderon 😀
    Semi final will be: Atleti- real- PSG- bayern.
    And we will face real in the semefinals ……..

  • piserakos

    One more Atletico-Barcelona! It will be more of the same. Close game! I predict a tie at Camp Nou and we wait them at Calderon! Somos Atletico de Madrid!! Vamos!!!

  • farhan

    cmon villa now its your turn …

  • farhan

    ooooh VILLA this is why you means everyrhing to me… in football….

    hey guyz just read this
    B/R: At 32, what elements of your game do you
    think are better now than ever before?
    DV: It’s obvious that with the passing of the
    years I’ve gained a lot of experience. I think that
    I have improved my attacking movements over
    time to complement my goalscoring instinct,
    which is something that I’ll never lose. This
    season I’m working harder than ever on physical
    preparation as here we all have to put in a huge
    amount of work for the benefit of the team.
    I feel like I’m in a great moment of my career.
    I’ve played across different attacking positions
    this season, which has helped improve me
    overall as a footballer. This season, for example,
    I am equally happy playing alongside Diego
    Costa in attack or providing assists to my team-
    mates.

    full interview-
    http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2001051-david-villa-exclusive-atletico-madrid-star-talks-barcelona-diego-costa-mls

  • farhan

    that confidence….mindblowing…hehehhe

  • EC

    Really didn’t want Barcelona. IMO there the hardest team we could’ve got after Bayern Munich. We’ve shown we can definitely beat real over the last couple of seasons so I would have preferred a derby. Altho the games against Barca have been tight recently I think they have probably still been the better team each time in all honesty.

  • kris

    We will only be known if we start beating teams like Barca who are globally recognized everywhere.. Milan was the first step. Hopefully, and with Cholo as the guide Barcelona will be the second highly-decorated team we will defeat to advance on to the semi-finals of the Champions League. My dream from the beginning of this season has been to atleast react the semi-finals of the Champions League and win the La Liga and this seems to be quite likely with (10? 9?) more games left. We can do it!! Forza Atleti!

  • kris

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT THIS KID OLIVER!!!! Watch this video and see for yourself how good he is.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw3MG9kjaLg

    Those over the top balls, I haven’t seen a 19 year old kid with that type of thinking and creativity in a very very long time. He is a fooking genius!! We have developed an absolute MONSTER in Oliver.. Only thing wrong with this video is that he is in the amarillo outfit. I would like for him to be playing in the ‘rojiblancos’ kit starting next season and he will do WONDERS for us!!! He is a midfield genius and he deserves to be playing for Atleti.. Come on Simeone,, por favor Cholo.. por favor…!!

  • piserakos

    @kris…. i saw most of the games of Oliver with Villareal (except the one against Athletic) he is FANTASTIC! It’s simple if Diego stay then probably he may spend one more year on loan

  • Jeronamo

    It’s gonna be very interesting and exciting to see oyr squad for next season

  • ursa major

    Oliver can play the wing too, I think, he’s versatile that way. He doesn’t have to be a playmaker-type like Diego, even if he is more of an assist-maker than a goalscorer…
    I don’t see any point in keeping him on loan next season. He’ll be ready. And so will Atleti.

  • Ali

    Diego wont stay if he fails to perform! We have created 4 world class players in recent years in shape of oliver , koke , saul and manqui amd maybe ivan alejo is the next breakout superstar! And i think it will be hard for oliver to join our starting eleven next season if rakitic joins.

  • Ali

    And i have even heard that dortmund are ready to pay 10 million for alejo after his performance in uefa youth competition ! Saul is very good in keeping possesion and so is oliver is dangerous in launching a quick counter. And also i failed to mention guilavogui he has been great at saint ettiene he was good defensively but his passing was poor when he was at atleti. And after watching his game against psg he has certainly improved his passing as well. So next season we only need a good backup left back for filipe, also rakitic and el nino!

  • Ali

    And we should also bring javier hernandez! He is great striker! He was great when sir alex ferguson was manager! He just struggle because of idiot david moyes. If we can bring him then we will have great squad depth. He can partner up with costa and he is a very good poacher!

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    Please no chicharito. Bad attitude and isn’t what Atletico needs. Chicharito is overrated anyways… just good to have for the right moment, can’t create at all and can’t even score unless he’s in the right place.

  • MR

    U guys really overrate Oliver all the time, but this video was a complete waste of my time, so I decided to complian.
    the whole video is full of Oliver’s passes and “dribbles” go wrong, I just don’t get it…totally misplaced passes that miss the target by 20 meters…all against a bunch of drunk clowns that Betis is…
    + he is a madridista, but never mind…

  • kris

    LOL just because of that one picture? He has been with our system ever since he was 13, and I bet you he is a Rojiblanco from in and out. As for the video, it wasn’t the greatest but he still was the best player for Villarreal that game. If you had watched him play against Athletic, you would have noticed that he again was the best performer for Villarreal, grabbing an assist. He is probably going to grow more as a player during the three months that he has left with Villarreal , and I hope next season he has a role to play with Atletico.

  • piserakos

    Oliver is fan of Barcelona, he told it at an interview. But cause he is from small kid at our academies he has become rojiblanco…

  • ali_

    oliver as a madridista… damn, this is how the media brainwash people. i hope we wont get chicharito. even manu supporters says he is shit.

  • epoy

    Will our offensive firepower be enough with villa-torres next season if costa leaves? What do you think guys?

  • ali_

    hopefully villa wont stay.

  • piserakos

    Guys first of all Oliver was a Barca fan he told it many times! But he is at our academies from a small kid and he has become a rojiblanco! About Torres and other staff… Costa will stay we told it many times! There is only one way for him to live… Chelsea give us Torres and Courtois and we give the Costa, if not then he will stay.
    About Villa, he wants to stay and we also want him but we made it clear to him that he has to cut a lot his salary. So i think if Torres will come back would be at the place of Villa or hopefully we will have Courtois for ever and we will se Torres-Villa on front