Matchday LIVE: Athletic vs. Atlético

Atlético look to round off a memorable year in Basque Country

The Vicente Calderón at night

The Vicente Calderón at night

It’s the last match of a fantastic 2014 for Atlético Madrid, and it doesn’t come a lot tougher than a trip to San Mames. 

Atleti are looking for what will be their first win in four matches, and it would be a perfect way to round off the year. We must do it without Mandzukic and Koke though – both suspended.

Use the comments to post your thoughts, reactions and (hopefully) celebrations. We’ll be posting updates via Twitter, and you can follow the action right here.

You can prepare for the match by reading our Match Preview.

Starting XIs

Athletic: Iraizoz, San José, De Marcos, Susaeta, Etxeita, Mikel Rico, Gurpegui, Muniain, Aduriz, Balenziaga, Unai López.

Atlético: Moyá; Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Siqueira; Gabi, Tiago, Arda, Saúl; Griezmann, Raúl García


 



  • Kris

    What are we wearing? 😮

  • Chewie

    This is not the Atleti I’m used to seeing. This is a pathetic piece of crap dressed in a dirty-blanco bed linen.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I’ve been trying to keep quiet but dammit I’m pissed off about the line up as well as how we’re playing. What the fuck is going on?

  • We’re missing Koke!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Imo it’s not that… greizman shouldn’t be playing point striker. He plays way better on the wing or behind the striker. Secondly gimminez should be the one playing point and on the field before saul. If cholo thinks saul can play and don’t get me wrong because i believe so too why the fuck can’t oliver play as well?

  • He wants some sort of impact player on the bench – and Simeone thinks that is Jimenez!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    And I don’t think he should be chasing that. We need to win and play like we’re capable of winning

  • Well we need a comeback now!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Agreed. LET’S GO ATLETI

  • Chewie

    This is just miserable. Less than 50% successful passes, Suqueira, Tiago and RG8 can’t pass the ball at all. Griezmann is no good as a striker. It’s like Athletic’s playing against Levante – who is the Spanish champion, for crissake?

  • Kris

    This game is basically over for Atleti as they are so shit at comebacks. Griezmann is too weak to be playing up front. I don’t like the back line being too high up, and I still believe that Moya is not being able to control the defense. He’s the one who sees everything, he should be commanding the defense and the mid in front of the defense. Raul Garcia is shit if he’s not scoring goals and that is the truth. We have Cerci and Jimenez who can play up front but we are playing a weak, skinny, Griezmann to bully the big ass defenders Athletic have. Come on Cholo!!

  • Cerci is injured. I think he would be the first choice for this match.

  • Kris

    Oh shit. I just noticed Ansaldi and Cerci weren’t even named for the trip.

  • Both injured, I guess.

  • Kris

    Lol. yes. I just finished typing that up. Thank you though.

  • Kris

    Are we playing a 4-3-3? I am still fucking confused.

  • Kris

    Yes. Simeone is a champion and a winner! He never chases anything other than a victory. That’s some bullshit lie he made up to cover up for why Jimenez isn’t playing.

  • atleti10

    RG8 is shit, his goals hide how little he contributes and how poor he is on the ball. And Siquera is just no good. I really wish we would show a bit of confidence in the players technical ability and play 4-2-3-1. Gabi-Tiago behind Griezmann-Saul-Arda with Jimenez up front. This 4-4-2 just cant work without Costa scoring and creating on the counter. Cholo needs to evolve with players we have available.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Goooooooooaaaaaal

  • GOOL GOOL GOOOOOOOOLLL

  • Kris

    Oh shit. The skinny white boy scored as a striker. Awesome!!

  • Chewie

    Now we’re talking!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Well I’m less frustrated right now lol

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Penal

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Goal!!!

  • Kris

    Arda Turan!! What a beast!!

  • Both injured!

  • Chewie

    That’s what I was talking about recently – show some spirit, get angry, freaking destroy them, don’t just be a bunch of pussies 🙂

  • Kris

    Oh. The Famous Slip. Inspired by Steven Gerrard.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Lovely goal by griezmann

  • Kris

    HATTRICK COMPLETE!!!

  • I love Antoine Griezmann

  • Kris

    I thought Griezmann would take the shot earlier(and i think he should have too) but he was very unselfish and passed it to Garcia. But Arda, MAN!! WHAT A PLAYER!!

  • Amr Misir Mukadaffi

    Leverkussen, here we come !!!!

  • Chewie

    Well, that was real manly. We got knocked down, then stood up, punched back, knocked them down, then landed a knock-out punch and finally a kick in the gut. Getting bloody along the way: bloody knees, bloody ears, bloody noses… bloody Basques. Call us harsh after that. However, this kind of hard-fought victory is exactly what we needed after that loss to Villarreal.

  • That’s what I keep saying! We were lacking speed! We would NEVER turned a match like this with Mandzukic upfront.

    Simeone, please! Put Griezmann on the Villa’s spot! We’ll have aerial and speed, just like last season only much better.

  • Kris

    YES! YES! YES! Couldn’t agree more.

  • Thanks for the activity in this match thread tonight guys – it’s nice to know you’re all still here! 🙂

  • even Raul Garcia will agree !
    the man wouldn’t mind setting on the bench as long as he sees the team wining and playing well

  • Kris

    Thank YOU for hosting the match.

  • Chewie

    And please, as long as RG8 is in good health, don’t let Siqueiras anywhere near the ball to take penalties. He’s deadly.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Anytime Nick, if my phone wasn’t bugging then I would be here more often