Matchday LIVE: Espanyol vs. Atlético

Atleti look to end winless streak with trip to Catalonia on Saturday afternoon

The Vicente Calderón expects...

The Vicente Calderón expects...

We’ve said it all before. That these are ‘must-win’, ‘cant-lose’ games. It’s time to repeat that on Saturday afternoon as Atleti travel north to take on Espanyol.

Sitting fourth in the table after Valencia’s win over Deportivo yesterday, Atlético know three points is the only good result to take from the game today.

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.

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Starting XIs

Espanyol Casilla; Arbilla, Álvaro, Moreno, Duarte; Javi López, Abraham, V. Sánchez, L. Vázquez; S. García, Caicedo

Atlético: Moyá; Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Gámez; Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Raúl Garcia; Griezmann, Torres


 



  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Sigh it’s early so I won’t pass judgement on our play as yet

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    We’re getting lots of early corners and chances tho so thats a good sign

  • Mithas

    koke has been making so many mistakes

  • Kris

    Oh fuck me man, with all these long passes.

  • Kris

    Yet, he has been our 2nd best player..

  • Mithas

    our defense is nonexistent, this is frustrating to watch smh. also that shouldve been definitely a penalty for espanyol, we got lucky. juanfran what were you thinking with that piss poor pass

  • Kris

    I miss Koke and Filiipe down the flanks so much.. 🙁

  • Kris

    Miranda, why u do this man? That’s a red card. Straight red.

  • madwriter

    yep, red

  • BKG

    That’s it. Points lost again.

  • Kris

    Torres comes out instead of that useless Garcia? Fuck me, Simeone…. I think imma stop watching there.

  • madwriter

    and taking out our best player… why didn’t he just swap him with garcia and took him out??

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    How many weeks have I said the same thing? Miranda had no right starting and Simione with his poor fucking substitute choice

  • Abdil Egriøz

    You mean arda and filipe

  • Max Huber

    I´m just angry, angry, angry!!!! This stupid Miranda and Simeone!! And again it´s Fernando who has to pay for the mistakes of others!!

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Both Garcia and Torres has been useles so far, dont understand why you say our best player…

  • BKG

    Agree, but especially Garcia.

  • Brad

    Exactly. Torres is the reason we keep sending useless long balls to nobody

  • Brad

    I don’t know why he didn’t just drop Tiago back into the center back position…he’s been more productive than Miranda lately…

  • Abdil Egriøz

    We’re going through a bad phase righ now and that red card didn’t make anything better but if we play tactically well, we can get the 3 points!

  • AaX

    I was trying to avoid to participate in the comment but now it’s UNAVOIDABLE.This is how you going to lose a season….UTTER NONSENSE!!! that should have not been to begin with. Are we capable to score let alone to win with 1 less striker ? ENOUGH of Miranda. He’s a Bench player this season.

  • Max Huber

    Why do you think Torres is the reason for the long balls!! Atletico plays always like this – and it´s awful for a striker! The whole team isn´t able to play a a good attacking combination!

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Yeah, but either way it was going to be him or garcia. It’s better to have a real cb playing in that position than Tiago, In my opinion.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Even though Miranda has been fantastic for us the past seasons, I think our board will sell him and make Gimenez the partner of Godin. Yeah it’s pretty ridiculous we can’t score even with the likes of Torres, Garcia an Griezmann…

  • AaX

    YES. Then ihey should play it MORE DIRECT AND ACCURATELY if they are not investing into the normal passing gameplay.

  • Parsa1903

    Oh come on since when simeone has become so clueless ? You have two speedy attackers up front and yet all you do is to send long balls ? These long balls have become so so frustrating … It’s all we are doing in our recent matches … We have no idea what we’re doing in the attacking phase … Where has all our comibination plays in little spaces gone ? We’re so much better than this …

    Simeone has some weaknesses and based on them, he always make the same mistakes. He never learns from his mistakes … He just keep repeating and repeating …

  • Max Huber

    I completely agree with you!!

  • AaX

    He is just not the starting 11 this season.His loyalty is admirable, but Gimenez deserves the spot this year. I’m even more worried if he comes in as a substitute because he’s been out of focus and has seemed unable to regain it. NOW BETTER REALIZE SIMEONE BEFORE IRREVERSIBLE MISTAKES MADE!!

  • Kris

    No, I mean Koke and Filipe. Arda could always join in whenever he wanted to.

  • Kris

    Oh Gods of Football. Can you please help Atletico win today?

  • Kris

    No, of course not, man. Simeone knows. That’s why he started the most creative player in our team Raul Garcia to help feed the two speedy attackers.

  • Kris

    He has no loyalty man. The man wanted other teams to know that he wanted offers.

  • Kris

    I don’t understand what you mean. Torres has never been that type(a physical) of a player. Torres has always been a direct, technical player like Griezmann. The long balls have been used since the beginning of the season to feed Mandzukic, who isn’t as technical but very physical. It seems though, Simeone cannot adapt to different formations and different players.

  • atleti10

    Gabi and Tiago are shit. They offer absolutely nothing going forward. RG8 is playing shit as always. Griezmann and Godin the only class. Koke needs to earn his money. Hes doesnt look like the highest paid atletico player in history.

  • Kris

    LORD Garcia at it again.

  • Kris

    ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS??? GRIEZMANN OUT??? OH MY GOD.. SOMEBODY JUST HIT ME IN THE FUCKING HEAD!!!

  • Kris

    We playing for the draw again, are we Simeone?

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Is Simione a fucking idiot? Why was Griezmann subbed?

  • AaX

    ANOTHER BAD SUBSTITUTION! BRINGING OUT GRIEZMANN. Now I am sure we are not able to score today and I sorely hope this time I am wrong!

  • Kris

    Because he’s an egotistical fuck. Man…

  • AaX

    AND I am not even watching the game right. Good Night Folks. Try to find other better things to think and look forward into. P E A C E

    p/s. I was hoping you are wrong, but Ahmad this time about this match you are right.

  • Kris

    Should have listened to you Ahmad. I wasn’t ready to lose 3rd place, now we are gonna lose the 4th too. I think I am ready to be knocked out of the CL though.

  • Mithas

    cant wait to get crashed by bayer. atleti get your shit together, how can you play poor against a team like espanyol. simeone, change your tactics, those long passes are claerly not working. get rid of your shit defense. also why was raul playing today… shouldve subbed him instead of torres

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Can things get any worse?? I sincerely hope we go through in the champion league, otherwise it will hit us too hard. On the fans, the coach staff the team ethic!

  • Max Huber

    So that´s it! I really don´t know what´s going on in Simeones head – but today he earned the result he was working for the last games!! Of course they had bad luck because of the disallowed goal – but all in over there was so much shit on the field! Simeone has to stop some players to play so harsh and he has to work on the attacking creativity! I really hate these ineffective long balls! To put Torres and later Griezmann out of a “Have to win-game!!” its just stupid!

  • Max Huber

    Right! My words!

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Change your attitude man saying we’ll get crashed by bayer. It’s a difficult task and me may or may not win but we need to stand behind our team even though we are going through this phase.

  • Chewie

    Ahmad, I would say you’re a prophet if there wasn’t a strong chance that what you described could indeed happen. Miranda is asking to be sold. No, he’s begging for it. Let the fucker go, please. Gimenez already is ten times better.

    A note to Simeone – to secure the third place you have to fight for it, and what happened today didn’t seem like fighting (in a true sense) to me. Playing like this we don’t deserve shit. Even the most hopeful fans can now look at last 5 matches, compare them to what we had a year ago and see that our goal for the season has changed. Now it is to play in the CL next year, even if through qualification.

    As for the Bayer game, I’m hoping the team will play furiously and not like an impotent piece of low-class crap.

  • Mithas

    lets face it, we wouldve been crashed by bayer if we played against them with todays performance. of course im hoping for the best, im just very frustrated how somehow our level dropped after the 0:4 against real. hope they can show us what theyre really capable of on tuesday. i may sound harsh but i love atleti with all my heart, im just bad at staying calm. im angry as hell rn so sorry.

  • Chewie

    We won’t be thrashed, I’m afraid something even worse will happen – we’ll play the same stupid cautious tactic, with a lot of fouls and yellow cards, shitty refereeing, growing frustration etc. It’s okay to lose if you give your all, it sucks to lose when you should’ve won, but when you don’t even try it’s the worst.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    The tone in here is just awfull. I was one of the guys who most believed that we would defend the league chamipionship but atleast I’m standing here not talking shit about Simeone and all the players. If it was’nt for Simeone and most of the players in the current squad, we would never have won the league and play the chl final last season and I appreciate that a lot. Therefore I believe in Simeone even though the tactics and changes he’s been using lately hasn’t worked.

  • Parsa1903

    My dear friend, We all love Simeone and all these players. We all believe he is a great coach, probably one the best ones in the world right now, But still that doesn’t mean that everything he does is right. We’re all angry because we are seing mistakes. And as fans we all have the right to express our opinions. We all believe in this team but here is for discussing the events, To express ideas, Not to just come and say Aupa Atleti! That’s for inside the Calderon, Not here …

  • Mithas

    im predicting (based on atletis recent performances) that bayer will dominate most of the game and miss tons of chances before scoring the final goal. simeone will probably excuse their poor performance by saying: ‘bayer was a good team. we played well but somehow lost, i dont know why.’ hes been doing this alot recently, excusing their half-assed performances by saying the opponent was tough. the opponent might be good but its not like atleti isnt good either. we arent underdogs anymore, we shouldnt be satisfied with draws. espanyol didnt play well, we made them play well by making all these bad passes and showing no fighting spirit. wheres the atleti that fought with all theyve got?

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Yeah but I just didn’t get the impression that there was any form of constuctive criticism, only slaying down on Simeone and the players. Obviously we all have our own way of dealing with frustation but I couldn’t stop myself from commenting when I saw how “stupid” and “idiotic” Simeone and his men are. But even I write or say things I dont really mean, when I’m angry.

  • BKG

    There are too many old, lazy or bad players like Miranda, Gabi, Tiago, RG. We probably need Gimenez, Saul, Koke, Arda and Griezmann to play as much as possible.

  • Mithas

    exactly, all those players except garcia are defenders which makes our defense so shit. these espanyol players literally dribbled through our defense like they were messi, this couldve easily ended with a 2:0 loss. thank god their finishing was so bad.
    edit: youre totally right, playing the right players wont be enough. simeone needs to change tactics asap

  • Max Huber

    I tell you something – I started to follow this page since Torres arrived at Atletico – and I was so happy about that because I follow Torres now for many years! But I also started to admire Atletico as a team, especially after the championsleague semi final against Chelsea. It was amazing to watch this enthusiasm in the game of Atletico. And there were many fantastic games this season as well. I also watched the games of AC Milan and that was just stupid football without any idea – long balls, no connection between the players and a coach who has no idea how to play! I was happy, that Torres comes to a team which knows how to play, which has creative midfielders in Koke, Arda and Garcia (i thought!). But in the last games I see the same stupid football than at Milan – and that makes me angry and dissapointed!

  • BKG

    Yes, and the sad thing is that even Godin has declined a bit this season. The only thing Simeone can do now is to play the right players, which he hasn’t done up till now. Miranda needs to be benched for Gimenez immediately, Saul to play whenever he gets back, Mario Suarez is probably as bad as Tiago and Gabi but could be considered. Then just play Arda, Koke and Griezmann. This should hopefully keep Sevilla behind us. Beyond that, we can only hope that we will see Mandzukic-Griezmann in good form or something, if we want to finish before Valencia. Then we need an overhaul in the summer.

  • Mithas

    this season is practically a lost cause and next season will be too if we dont get some interesting summer transfers. i heard rumours about simeone wanting cavani but that would be stupid as hell. hes expensive and has been playing very poorly these days. our strikers are alright, we should get defenders and maybe one creative midfield player, koke alone isnt enough as we’ve seen today and arda sometimes has bad days.

  • Mithas

    im super mad about simeone who seems to love subbing torres. he’s been benching the last 4 years, let the man play some good ol’ football now that he has started to improve. simeone keeps praising him but i cant remember a game where he played full. today was especially frustrating, miranda makes a fucking stupid mistake and fernando has to pay for it. why not raul?

  • I was hoping I am wrong too 🙁

  • Max Huber

    In that case I think about Juan Mata! He is not happy at ManU and he didn´t get the chance to show what he can. But he is intelligent and really could play an important role at Atletico – but I fear he is too expensive!

  • I’m not a prophet, I’m just honest with myself and hate to live in denial, the signs were very clear
    And I’m also an Atleti fan, not Simeone fan like some stupid people, and not Torres or Greizmann or Koke or any other player fan like more stupid people, and I will never hesitate when the time comes to be the first one to say “Simeone out”
    but not yet, let’s wait and see what he is up to

  • Max Huber

    I completely agree with you! But I fear that Torres won´t get the role of a “first choice striker” again – the last 4 years he was a real example of what can happen with a very great player when he doesn´t get the support of the manager and the team. He lost his confidence and now it´s the same story than ever – the whole team plays bad and he is blamed for that. Torres is a player who always looks at himself and wants to change his playing style but that didn´t work – never! The team has to play for him and feed him with balls – then he would become great again. The last 4 years he didn´t have such a team and unfortunately he doesn´t have it yet…
    But I have to say – I really appreciate his working rate!

  • How about :
    “Bench Miranda”
    “Give Saul more chances”
    “Give Jimenez more chances”
    “Keep the order and discipline so we don’t receive too many yellow cards and get a lot of effective suspensions”
    “Put Koke in the center midfield because Gabi & Tiago are bad this season, and Mario is always bad”
    “You have 3 substitutions in each game, when things are not going well, use them, use them all, and use them early”

    Could you call this “constructive criticism” ?! , because those stuff and more have been said here too many times

  • Kris

    Everybody here is really angry. Simeone of course, isn’t an idiot, or else he wouldn’t have taken us this far in World Football. I love the man, everything he’s done for us, but when the same mistakes happen EVERY SINGLE GAME, the fans have the rights to criticize their team and the coach and the players.

  • Things are getting heated in here!

  • atleti10

    I think that referring to fans of some of the greatest players and managers the club has ever seen as “idiots” is well idiotic. I mean at the end of the day it makes just as much sense to be a fan of any of these individuals as it does a club.

    I dont think any of the fans here care more for an individual over the club however but as a fan of the club I respect what Simeone in particular has done. He won the league with a squad of players he had absolutely no right to do. Its one of the greatest achievements in the clubs history and at the same time he was 1 minute away from winning the championsleague.

    The squad is worse and players are under performing and yes hes made a few mistakes but had Torres header against Leverkusen and Griezmanns goal today been (correctly allowed) and had Tiagos effort against valencia been an few inches lower well we’d be talking about things in a completely different way. We’ve been a bit unlucky of late but I have the utmost faith in Simeone to turn our luck around.

  • Mithas

    i know he wont be a first choice striker anymore, his time is up sadly. 🙁 hope the guy doesnt blame himself too much, its not his fault when there are no passes coming from the midfield he can use to score goals. i mean he sometimes tries but its just not enough. im praying he doesnt lose his confidence he started rebuilding at atletico again. 🙁 did you hear of this charity match for gerrard? i cant wait to see him at anfield again, what a legend he used to be…

  • Mithas

    juan mata would be excellent, i dont think him coming to us is that unrealistic. isnt he benched all the time at ManU?

  • Max Huber

    Yes, I heard about that charity match – the partnership with Steve Gerrard was the best he ever had – I´m sure he is very excited to play one more time there.

  • Gert

    People are getting spoiled with all that silverware over the last couple of years…