We all know that Atlético fans are the best fans in the world, and we have no better opportunity to prove it than on Wednesday against Barcelona, in our crucial Champions League tie.
When the two teams met in the Calderón at this stage of the Champions League in 2014 the fans were remarkable. Who will ever forget the stunning mosaic created which echoed Luis Aragones’ iconic “Ganar y ganar y ganar” phrase.
The club will very likely create a mosaic on an equally epic level for the match on Wednesday. Voices will be hoarse by the end of the match but every shout is likely to spur the team on further.
Getting a ticket to the match is almost impossible. It was fully sold out in no time at all, guaranteeing an electric atmosphere on the banks of the Manzanares River.
The Frente issued a statement giving instructions for fans to give it their absolute all before, during and after the match. The Frente have also started a campaign which is really taking off.
Bridges, runways, balconies and school entrances are being covered with banners supporting the team. Most are using the hashtags #NuncaDejesDeCreer – ‘Never Stop Believing’. This was the mosaic in the match against PSV, and also #JuntosHaciaLaVictoria – ‘Together To Victory’.
The banners are often decorated with Atletico emblems and vary in quality but all carry the same passion. Pictures are being tweeted with those hashtags. We are already seeing hundreds of these banners go up around Madrid and are beginning to appear across the world. Why not draw one up and send us a picture on Twitter @AtleticoFans?
You’ll see that we’ve even got in on the act here by replacing our normal ad at the top of the page!
Some fans are reportedly also going to gather outside the Barcelona hotel on Tuesday night to make noise and let the Culés know that they are in for it! One who may be thinking about his reception is Arda Turan, who betrayed the colchoneros to sit on the bench for Luis Enrique.
The match is Atletico’s biggest match of the season and the crowd will step up to that level. It truly is going to be 55,000 against the 11 of Barcelona.
Well unless it’s similar to the match at the Camp Nou, in which case it will be 55,000 against 12…
— Atleti VAVEL (@Atleti_VAVEL) April 10, 2016