La Liga: Atlético 1 – 0 Las Palmas

Saúl's stunner earns an important but not totally convincing three points

Saúl's goal separates the two sides at the Calderón

Saúl's goal separates the two sides at the Calderón

Having not won or even scored in the last three matches, Atlético Madrid needed a win against Las Palmas this afternoon to avoid entering a full-blown crisis ahead of the Christmas break.

It wasn’t pretty, but a second half goal from Saúl Ñíguez earned the rojiblancos a 1-0 win, the midfielder firing home just past the hour mark to ensure all three points against a strong side.

The visitors have earned a lot praise of praise this season for their expansive brand of football, combining possession football with counter attack under the guise of former Atlético player Quique Setién.

Much of the match followed a general pattern, with Las Palmas having most of the ball but Atleti having most of the chances, even though the Canary side were guilty of missing some of their own in the second half.

Goalscorer Saúl very nearly broke the deadlock in the first half when his acrobatic shot cannoned back off the inside of the post, before Griezmann’s follow up flashed just wide of goal.

Las Palmas also hit the woodwork themselves through Uruguayan central defender Mauricio Lemos, but his 40 yard thunderbolt grazed the top of the crossbar with Moyá beaten in the Atleti goal.

At the other end, Kevin Gameiro also had a number of chances that he couldn’t convert, and Griezmann missed the target with a right-footed effort after Koke played in him in over the talk.

Both ran hard in attack and fought for every ball, but haven’t had the luck in front of goal that their efforts deserve. Griezmann is now on a run of 769 minutes in La Liga without a goal, his longest barren spell for the club.

Chances were aplenty as both teams looked for the breakthrough, and just after half-time Jonathan Viera was presented with a good chance as Las Palmas carved through the home defence. Thankfully, Moyá was on hand to make an important save.

Shortly after, the goal finally came for Atleti and Saúl, who has come under some scrutiny this season for not matching the heights of last year.

After Griezmann’s shot was blocked, the canterano picked it up and and lashed it past Javi Varas from outside the box. A goal worthy of winning any match, but it may not have done so had Las Palmas taken their chances.

Míchel came the closest, firing narrowly over the crossbar after finding space at the back post. Momo also had a shot saved by Moyá, who did very well in Oblak’s absence and helped Atleti see out the win.

Given the nature of some of our recent results, this was a game that we could’ve easily dropped points in so it was pleasing to see the team dig in and grind out the win.

There are still problems, but there were positives in the performances of Vrsaljko and Moyá, and the three points provide a good base to work with, especially as we don’t play in La Liga now until January 7th.

Next up is the return leg of our Copa del Rey match against Guijuelo at the Calderón on Tuesday night, before a short Christmas break and new year trip to Saudi Arabia to contend with.

Player ratings

Miguel Ángel Moyá – 7

A little nervy to start with, but grew into the game and made some important saves and interventions in the second half. He may not be Oblak, but he proved today that he can fill in with minimal fuss and do a good job.

Sime Vrsaljko – 7

Given the nod in favour of Juanfran, and took his chance with an assured performance. Like Moyá, he looked more confident as the game went on, showing confidence on the ball and putting some good crosses into the box.

Diego Godín – 6

Hasn’t been at his imperial best this season, and was a little rash at times today with some miscued clearances and poor decisions. Still, stood strong in the latter stages to help make sure of the clean sheet.

Stefan Savic – 7

After some poor recent matches, he played well today and dealt well with Las Palmas’ quick movement up front. Made a number of good blocks and tackles, and distributed the ball well when he had the chances.

Lucas Hernández – 6

One of our most impressive players lately, although didn’t have much of an impact in an attacking sense today. Still, defensively he is very strong and he didn’t put a foot wrong at the back today.

Gabi – 7

Some have called for his removal from the line-up, but he was back to his best level today with a commanding display. Atleti may not have had much of the ball, but made sure Las Palmas had little joy down the middle and this was thanks mainly to Gabi.

Koke – 6

In and out of the game in terms of contribution. Did make some good passes including one to put Griezmann through on the first half, and as always used the ball well. Still not sure about him at CM, but we have little choice at the moment.

Saúl Ñíguez – 7 (Man of the match)

Possibly his best performance of the season. Not only did he score an excellent winning goal, but he was involved throughout, worked hard and showed his class in both and attacking and defending sense.

Yannick Carrasco – 5

Not the all-action Carrasco that we have gotten used to seeing. He worked hard, but Las Palmas doubled up on him a lot of the time and thus he had little joy, before Cholo withdrew him in the second half.

Antoine Griezmann – 6

Still no league goal, but his attitude and aptitude was better today than it has been in recent matches. Worked very hard, played closer to the last defender and tried to make things happen. The goal will come soon.

Kevin Gameiro – 6

Very similar to his compatriot in attack. Had a few chances that he should’ve done better with, but he ran the channels well and caused problems with his pace. Movement very good as well.

Subs

Fernando Torres – 5

Held up the ball well on a few occasions, but didn’t have a great deal of involvement in his short cameo. Hard to judge him at the moment as he’s played very little recently due to injury.

Nico Gaitán – 6

May have only played 10 minutes or so, but looked keen to make an impact and prove his worth. Did well on the ball and was up and down the left flank. Will get chances in the Copa over the coming month or so.

Thomas Partey – N/A

Do you agree with our ratings? What did you make of the performance?


  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Atleti have played 16 games in La Liga this season, in 6 of them they failed to score, while in other 4 they scored only once.
    4 goals on 10 games, that’s the number I will look at, not 29 goals in 16 games. (which is still a poor number as well considering the attacking players we have).

    That’s a HUGE problem, and it’s there since last season, and that’s why I was very critical of Simeone despite reaching UCL final and finishing 3rd in La Liga with just 3 points from Barca, the champions.
    Billy called me “spoiled” on twitter last season when I pointed that out.
    Kris said few days ago that Billy is being like Trump, while I think he is being like George W Bush, “you’re either with us, or against us”, there are only two ways: Simeone way, or Manzano way.
    No, I will not accept that, we certainly have a 3rd option, with our 280 million and with coaches like Mancini or Pellegrini or Klopp (that last one isn’t available now but maybe someday) we can achieve great results and win big trophies -maybe even more than we won with Simeone- and play good football at the same time.

    Sorry Kris, no Vrsaljko MOTM for you.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Lol… Hmmm

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Las Palmas has figured out something that many teams may catch on to. And that is start from the back and work forward. Atletico, as soon as they were in defense, would run back down the field. There was no pressure to Las Palmas until mid-field. At that point Palmas was well organized and ready to take the ball to the 18 yard line. Simeone needs to watch out for that in the future.

    Saul’s goal was magnificent and thank God he took the shot. I was concern that this would be a 0 – 0 game. And say what you want on Gameiro, but the entire 2nd half he was on the ball and stretching out plays. Griezmann seems to be just another player on the field.

    I hate to bring up the referee, but man is was bad. In the 70th minute, there was clear hand ball from Las Palmas and nothing called. It didn’t warrant a yellow card, but call the hand ball for Pete’s sake. It was this consistency of calling nothing and then calling Gabi’s foul when he stole the ball and would have been one on on with the goalie.

    The announcers were claiming that Atleti was lucky and Las Palmas was the better team. Well OK, I will not deny that, but Atleti does deserve the win and I am glad to be going into the holiday season with that win.

  • Kris

    I meant to say that if people are not willing to listen to both sides, you might get an outcome of something/someone like Donald Trump…

    Simeone’s problem is his stubborn attachment to what he already knows and he believes has worked, instead of trying to improve with the team that he has. I hate to say this but if we just want to stay in this level of 3rd, 4th team with scrappy play, Simeone is still the man for the job. But anything more than that to the get the next level, including not wanting to endure 90 heart attacks in 90 minutes, gotta get somebody else because I don’t see Simeone changing at this point. He loves playing the underdog but it’s quite clear he’s not the underdog and his players also don’t believe that they are the underdogs. This underdog mentality is what he thrived on and why players responded on the field, but when the underdog mentality isn’t even close to reality, you can’t get your players to respond in the same manner.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    About your first paragraph, I watched the game on beIN Arabic, and in the halftime analysis they showed a video in fast motion where Las Palmas had the ball in their area and started going forward, making 32 passes in a row without even any real pressure from our players until it ended a corner against us, that was between min. 26 and min. 27.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Praised shall be smurf lord gameiro; the destroyer of Malaga and Ossasuna, Amen !

  • George

    No offence but if you think that Pellegrini and Manchini are good coaches you really need to change the way you evaluate a coach..Yes Klopp is a beast but he will probably stay with Liverpool for many years..Manchini is absolutely bad and Pellegrini is a decent coach who can play attacking football but he is really bad when facing teams better than his..(most coaches are)…Also we have a great squad but not even close to what Real Madrid and Barca have..We have great defence, very nice attacking players but only Koke in the middle and let s be honest Oliver Torres is a great talent but not even close to Kroos,Iniesta,Rakitic,Modric..Our squad is close to what Arsenal have(in some positions they are better) and Arsenal is playing beautiful football but if you ask me if they will win the Champions League i still think we are favorites to them..(Sorry for possible mistakes)

  • TommyNestor7

    I read all your comments every day and in like 90% of cases I agree with you but one thing i dont like about your comments is “the Saul case”!!! With all respect of U, i think U are unfair about the kid… Lets looking this way and say he is just like Oliver on loan a year after year and keep playning just like how he plays now not better or worst just like he plays for us, I have a feeling you would be criticasing Simenone just liku U do with Oliver for letting him leave. ( Sorry but thats my opinion) He is our kid and need to play…. I would choose him over much other players, Ok i agree that he is a CM and cant do so well on the flanks but he needs to play for Atletico! Just like Oliver needs to play for us and shouldnt leave.

  • ssyoung

    Honestly speaking, this was one of the worst performances of the season, even worse than the villareal one. We couldnt string a few passes going forward in the first half and gave the ball back straight to las palmas. Any bigger team would have beaten us comfortably. This feels like last season, except the pressing and control of the midfield seem to have disappeared.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I didn’t say anything about Saul today or recently, Kris and Jeronamo were the ones who criticized him today, go talk to them.

  • Koke

    I think you are underrating our team. *At their best* (I acknowledge that their present form is pretty poor), Filipe Luis, Juanfran, and Godin are the best players in their positions in the world, or at the very least top 3. Oblak is a top 3 goalie for me as well. Savic and Gimenez and even Lucas are all immensely talented CBs.

    In the front three, yes, it’s true we don’t have BBC, MSN, or Bayern’s forwards. But we DO have a balon D’or contender in Griezmann, plus world class attackers in Gameiro and Carrasco. It’s one of the strongest front lines in the world, and definitely not a combination that should routinely go 90 minute games scoring 1 or 0 goals.

    In terms of defensive midfield, we are also world class. Center mid too. Literally the only department we are lacking at all is creative attacking mid, and even then we bench or loan out our only good options (Oliver, Gaitan, even Diego Ribas).

    Now, I know right now none of the players in our squad seem like the ‘world’s best’, because their form is shit, but the truth is that AT their best they are some of the best players in the world and certainly capable of reaching CL finals and winning major trophies. And if we are falling short of that, then we have to look at the coach. Maybe we are not as good as Barca or Madrid on paper, but we don’t have to be, we just have to be better than the other 17 teams in the league and then show up to play well whenever we face direct rivals. No excuses when we underperform. Yes, everyone has bad days, but when a whole team has bad days at the same time that stretch into bad months, something is seriously wrong.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I would take what Arsenal have anytime, qualifying to UCL group stage for 20 consecutive seasons under Arsene Wenger, while Simeone is struggling right now to achieve his 5th consecutive top 4 finish.

    Pellegrini lead Villarreal to UCL semifinal and to La Liga second place, lead Malaga to UCL quarterfinal, and was few seconds away from the semis, and he won the EPL.
    Mancini has won 3 Serie A, 4 Copa Italia (with 3 different teams), one EPL and one FA Cup.
    That’s my way of evaluating coaches, would you please tell me yours?!

  • George

    All your points are valid and I too believe our defense is world class if not the best..All of us including me want more attacking football,it is just that I don t believe it is Simeone fault that he can t play possession football with only one creative midfielder(Koke)..Although I agree he is stubborn..It seems not a big deal but l think that with worse attacking players and better midfielders we will be more successful attacking wise..

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Lol… Well he didn’t play well and that’s all I said. I don’t think any one of us said we wanted him to leave because of his bad performances anyway. If he wanted to leave I wouldn’t be upset but none of us here have been saying to kick him out the club

  • George

    How many titles a coach has earned just states how successfull they are not how good they are..Zidane won C.L last year and his really bad..I don t like Mancini maybe is just my taste but I don t think his better than Sampaoli you earlier stated is a Simeone wannabe..Pellegrini did those things a while ago..Now he is just an old man like Van Ghaal..I just think he is not the guy to take the team one step further..To be honest I wouldn t be ok with Mourinho either..The fact that a coach was succesful with a previous project doesn t mean he will succeed again…I prefer fresh minds over experience and Sampaoli for me has one..Plus he is style is not even close to Simeone..He is way more attacking wise..And I wouldn t take what Arsenal have because we already have something way better..

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Are any of the fans in Spain making the same complaints as us? I’m just curious if anyone around or even close to Simeone has been pointing some of this stuff out

  • thericeking

    well said

  • Maged Lebda

    there are positive points will be important in this difficult time of the season :-

    – By numbers , koke created 5 chances , it’s first time since leganes match he created thus number , his key passs to gameiro in first half remembered me torres goal v barcelona in UCL last season

    – by numbers also , grizi have 5 shots , last time he had thi number of shots was against rostov by 7 shots , alsi in PSV match when he scored 2 goals he hadn’t this number , it’s very important for atleti and grizi to have this activity

    – i watched only highlight and whoscored statistics of touches , i think it was 4-3-3 despite average position of WhoScored looked like 4-4-2 but it would be like that because transition from attack to defend and the freedom in carrasco movement , almost of carrasco’s touches was in depth as a LW not LMF

    – Saul will be more effective in a CMF role not a winger , he haven’t winger skills and luis or herandez and juanf or varsi going forward always so you shoud use Midf to play in depth to have a lot of solutions in the pitch

    – 4-3-3 is the best , i always remember biblao match last season in calderon and how gabi,koke and saul were very solid in tackles and interceptions and how koke support luis in the left side and saul turn to the box , koke turned to the box when saul supported luis .. this was atleti power and alos remember celta vigo match in first round of the liga and the freedom we get from koke and carrasco was very brilliant

    – 68.9 was the possession of las palmas , and finally the only have 3 shots on the target , atleti last season not was among first 5 teams in the possession by was the least team in conceding shots

    – despite and negative points in the match like lack of clear out chances , i think after watching 10 mins in the highlight , atleti still have the strong character and determination to back a competitive team

  • AndersAT

    I like Saul. I like that he is a central midfielder that can score goals. He is not as good defensively as Gabi or Tiago though . But the problem with Saul is that he is a CENTRAL midfielder. He should rotate with Koke and Gabi in the center. Otherwise we should use 3 central midfielders and only one forward. Then Carrasco and Gaitan should play wide. It is so weird that we do not use the players in their natural positions.

  • KO CESARO

    along with Saul and Griezman lol

  • ssyoung

    Yeah sampaoli is the best option for us.Tactically, he is the very opposite of Simeone and his teams play beautiful football while having a solid midfield in a 3-5-2 formation which can suit us when oliver returns. His La U and Chile sides (along with the current sevilla side) played some great football and were very successful winning many trophies.
    Plus, he is just as passionate and motivated as Simeone and can transform our team into an attacking one while maintaining our hard working spirit and passion which defines our identity.

  • TommyNestor7

    I think that both of them are good coaches with good pedigree, but i would like to see somebody else becouse of one thing and that is starting tactic!! Both of them use 4-4-2 formation just like Simeone and I think that formation is “old”.Ok Pellegrini played 4231 with Man City but i think 442 is in his blood. I would like to see someone with good 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 wich are formations for good passing and nice football and possesion.My first option is Jardim from Monaco, but i dont like his connection with Mendes. Maybe this guy Setien from Las Palmas would be good solution, cause they play really serious football this season and I remember their game against RM it finished 2-2 i think and they won 55% of possesion( i think), and U see lastn night they were about 70 to 30% with us… I think Sampaoli would also be good option but he is “more of Cholo” to me, or a cheaper version of Simeone just like U said.. Or what about Mauricio Pochetino or Pep Guardiola 🙂

  • Chewie

    Talking about smurfs, dwarves and gnomes – yesterday I watched Dries Mertens of Napoli, 169 cm tall, score four top-notch goals in a game against Torino, who have a squad much stronger than many of the Spanish clubs. The game ended 5-3 and was a hell of a spectacle. The little Belgian managed to score that much because the whole team played clever, attacking football and fed him balls time and time again after interesting combinations.

    So used to watching only Atletico games, I felt really bad for what’s happening with the team’s game right now. There’s nothing to be happy about. It’s a fucking shame.

    Paraphrasing the famous line: Simeone is not the solution to our problems. Simeone is the problem.

  • Hannu

    Watched the game afterwards and first of all happy for Saul and the win! Sorry for Juanfran but I think Vrsaljko should start from now on. Maybe this was good game for Moya as he hasnt played for long time and he had to do some good saves. Gameiro really struggled against the defenders of Las Palmas. There is lots of talking about his size etc but there is some in point in that. By the way talking about our attacking play as there is one hole in place of Filipe as he is really important part of it and even though Lucas is good but he is central defender and not so offensive as Filipe.

  • thericeking

    i’ve been wondering this.. been meaning to talk to my friend who supports barca but watches us. did you find anything?

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Kris mentioned Trump, I quoted W. Bush, and now you are paraphrasing Reagan, what’s going on here ?!

    Simeone is Atleti’s biggest problem right now, the board knows it, I think the players -or many of them- know it, even if they claimed otherwise, and the fans know it, except some deluded or emotional ones, and I believe they are the minority.

    There is no shame at all of admitting that Simeone has become the problem, that’s football, that’s life, things change, but if you genuinely believe he is not, and he is still the best option for us then we respect your right of having your own opinion, but you have to use logical arguments, you don’t get use Manzano or Quique, or 2000 relegation, or Valencia, or the half billion squads and half billion budgets of Madrid and Barca and ignore the less than 100 million budgets of most of the other 17 La Liga teams and many of our European rivals.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    No I haven’t, I think that’s a part of the worry. Maybe they haven’t been voicing their displeasure like us

  • ssyoung

    Sadly, the emotional and the deluded ones are not the minority. The majority believes that we will end up like Man Utd. after Simeone leaves, that saul is the most talented player of our academy and deserves to start every match, not oliver. They worship Simeone and thats why he gets away with using his cowardly tactics game after game, saying shit like “Our aim is third place”, treating oliver like shit, not giving gaitan (arguably benfica’s best player for last couple of seasons) a chance, not giving cerci a chance, not signing a left back and so on.
    They will never admit that vietto, cerci, jackson failures is simeone’s fault. If they are happy with this kind of negative football with this squad, why do even need such a high paid coach. I am sure that even someone like tony pulis can achieve the same results with this squad,while taking several times less pay.
    Simeone himself has said that he would leave whenever he thinks that the club is not moving forward anymore under him and that time has sadly come.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    I did not know l that BeIn has an Arabic channel. That is A LOT of passes. I probably had not clued into the fact that we were giving them their half of the field until the 2nd half. But I like the fact that I was not the only one that noticed.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    I think we fans of Atletico are all feeling bad for what’s happening. But I think we are all in a state of shock. How did we drop so quickly. I think Simeone is not going to leave until the summer. I really think he wants to do a year in the new stadium. But if we don’t make the top 4 by the end of the season, he should move on.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    beIN is an Arabic channel that also broadcasts in some other languages, it’s a part of Aljazeera network, and it was formerly called Aljazeera Sports.

    What’s worse than that we allowed Las Palmas to make 32 passes in 82 seconds (a long time in a football game) from their half to our box, in El Calderon, is that I don’t believe we can make 32 passes in a row.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Let me quote another American president, Nixon: I think Simeone critics are the “silent majority”.
    But maybe many of them feel bad to criticize him out loud after all he has done, and they are afraid that it would have a negative effect on the team if they criticized him on social media, but maybe they do it on some blogs like this one or behind closed doors.

    When people talk about great talents who failed or didn’t reach their full potential under Simeone, I think they overlook the biggest of them, Toby Alderweireld, one of the best if not the best CB in the EPL, and Spurs player of the season last season.
    He has a great footwork, great passing, both long and short, a beast in the air, and he scores many goals, and we sold him for just 16 million when an idiot like Baley was sold for 40 million.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I’ve been looking at La Liga schedule to figure out when can we go back (or if we can go back) to the 3rd place, or at least the 4th place.
    And I found that in the next 7 weeks, the teams above us will play many games against each other:
    Real Sociedad-Sevilla
    Sevilla-Real Madrid
    Sevilla-Villarreal
    Real Madrid-Real Sociedad
    Real Sociedad-Villarreal
    Villarreal-Barcelona
    And Sevilla, Villarreal & R.Soceidad will have some other tough games beside those above.

    While those are our next 7 games :
    Eibar (A), Betis (H), Athletic (A), Alaves (A), Leganes (H), Celta (H), & Gijon (A)
    I think if we are not at 3rd or 4th place after those 7 weeks, we will not get there until the end of the season.

    If we are not in top 4 after those 7 weeks, then Bayer knocked us out from The CL (won’t be a big surprise for me) then I would sack Simeone immediately and hire someone for the remaining 10 La Liga games to try to save the season.
    I wish it doesn’t turn that way, but I’m really that worried.

  • ssyoung

    Unfortunately this is football and not an election. The silent majority won’t change things until they are vocal about it.These things have been said for nearly a year and a half on this website and nothing has changed. What is more shocking is that not a single football website, pundit or the media ever criticizes simeone. They are saying that our current form is due to our loss in milan. No club in the world performs poorly because their players are upset about what happened in the past season.
    Regarding aldeweireld,he had extremely tough competition from the best cb pairing in the world that season. I think he himself wanted to leave to get more playing time. Still have no idea why we sold him for such little amount.
    Also i forgot to mention the stupid decision to loan siqueira while we have no left back cover.
    Also selling borja was a sign of massive disrespect from simeone. You score 18 goals in the league and dont even get the chance to be the third choice striker. He doesnt even start for swansea these days whereas he could be an important backup this season considering gameiro’s aerial weakness and torres’ poor form.

  • Maura

    I agree about Vrsaljko starting. His crosses these days are better than Juanfran’s and he seems faster. As I said in other threads, Juanfran looks burned out. He needs some time to recharge. Vrsaljko should have been the Man of the Match in my opinion. Gameiro needs to put the ball away when he gets chances. Match after match he misses easy chances. Lucas is doing a good job filling in for Filipe despite being a natural CB. He does everything that is asked of him and very rarely makes mistakes.

    Nico Gaitan really needs more playing time. He and Carrasco both have a lot of speed on the wings. I would love to see both of them playing together for a full game. In the short time that Gaitan was in the game, he made things happen. I don’t know what Simeone has against him.

  • AnonAaX

    Some of you might need to learn to realize that the only thing that will be the most perfect of attainment is working on and supporting the best thing you are currently having in your hands until success is Achieved.

    We are currently in one of our best phase in team, management, image and financial wise so far in our Proud and Rich History.
    Some of you may need to go through decades of up and down misery to understand just what this mean.
    Few months of bad runs as this shouldn’t make one calling heads.
    We got to curb from being big headed and greedy and ungrateful.

    If you think the instability of change will help the club then think again. Read about our past history of managers and how long have they last and how significantly far have they contribute to the real change of fortune to the club. I can tell after almost 20 years of up and down in misery and in ecstacy, this by far IS OUR BEST Current Spell.

    So Why is Simeone has been more successful ?
    1) Because he is One of Us and he’s more because he has bled for the Club and had success with and will always be hurting when losing.
    2) He brings emphasis on being defensively solid and astute not to concede importantly balancing the highly offensive style yet porous defence.
    ( You think this is ice hockey ?? I don’t want to lose 4-5 scoreline games anymore, No Thank You !)
    Thus we managed to maintain the offensive capability and yet now concede very little goals which has helped us win more games.
    That my friends have won us the La Liga but I am not taking this as an excuse to not further improve the potential of the team to Its Highest.

    Like it or not we are just mere spectators (a passionate one) but nevertheless not even a professional to begin with to actually able pin-point and tell what EXACTLY is right or what is wrong here.
    There are more than meets the eye when trying to wake up this Giant Club which has been deliberately put to sleep back up again to fight against the adversity Rising to The Heights.

    So do I think Simeone is indisposable ?
    Nobody is in Atletico de Madrid ! Not even the Fans but I know Simeone knows about this very much and much earlier before many of us even do.

    So when is Simeone to me becomes a liability and should be replaced ?

    1) When we fail meet our main target of qualifying to the UEFA Champions League and didn’t do well in the other competitions either.

    2) When we end up consecutively a DISTANT 3rd from the traditional big 2. Meaning we were not able to mount a significant challenge to the Liga Title and end up as distinctly third team.

    3) And when we start to go against the grain our footballing values and philosophy which is to Keep Fighting Hard and Being Offensive Dangerous Force.

    Right now I would only be checking no. 3 but I hope I wont need to.

    Regardless, I would strongly appeal if what is happening is not immediately effecting and detrimental to the Club,
    Please give the respect Simeone has earned to fulfill and complete his term in Support and in Dignity.

    After All We are Atletico de Madrid,
    Not Real.

    We Are True Class.

  • AnonX

    I promise you money is not the One that will be able to ignite and bring this Club back to Its Height. In fact it will just ruin it.

    Only The Will and The Heart Will ! Right now just like in Aragones, Jesus and Antic position, Simeone is sitting in One.
    And ONLY Others in their like Will be able to Take Over.

    You’ll Come To See.

  • Hannu

    Yeah Lucas is doing good job but when talking about our attacking play in some matches Filipe has been our best offensive player which is not maybe best thing but thats how things are so thats why there is hole in our attacking when Filipe is not fit. I have been hoping the same thing Gaitan and Carrasco on the field for full game. If two strikers and both Gaitan and Carrasco is too much so maybe Gaitan and Carrasco with one striker..

  • David Krznar

    I know it’s early everyone, but how would you rate Moya’s performance so far? Compared to Oblak…
    And how good do you think Oblak really is at his best?

    Altletico generally plays a very defensive game with very skilled defensive players, so clean sheets don’t tell me much.

    And my knowledge about footbal (at this moment) is just not jet good enough to take myself seriously haha 🙂