The past month started off very well for Atlético. Coming off the Super Cup win in Monaco and our first league victory against Sporting, we travelled to Bilbao and beat Athletic 1-2.
However, our tough schedule and an injury to Sergio Agüero took its toll. We lost to Aris and Barcelona consecutively, before drawing away to Valencia.
We then recovered by taking three points against Zaragoza, but closed off the month with a disappointing draw at home against Leverkusen, which leaves us with just one point from two matches in the Europa League, and bottom of the group.
We take a look at our best performers of this past month and would love to hear your opinions!
The Brazilian might not have scored or assisted any goals and won’t often be rewarded with the Man of the Match award, but his consistent performances make him an invaluable part of our team.
Assunção’s dirty work is often overlooked by many, but his workrate, determination and mentality is what makes this team tick. The midfielder hardly ever puts a foot wrong and has easily maintained his spot in the starting eleven despite the many options Sánchez Flores has on this position.
David de Gea
If he hadn’t already, then David de Gea has truly announced himself to the world in September. Spectacular performances against Barcelona and Valencia put him in the spotlight and linked him with Manchester United and the Selección.
De Gea has not yet been selected by Vicente del Bosque, but a call-up can’t be far away if the young goalkeeper keeps up his performances.
With Diego Costa, Mario Suárez and Fran Mérida mostly coming off the bench, and Filipe slowly being integrated, it has been very clear that Diego Godín has been our best signing of the summer so far.
And not just the number of appearances earn him that title, because the Uruguayan’s general level of play has been nothing short of amazing. He was at fault for Piqué’s goal in our clash against Barcelona, but has proven to be a very commanding centre-back, who has done very well to keep our backline together.
At times the Colombian is the laughing stock of la Liga, but people tend to forget that Perea is one of the best defenders out there. When his sole task is to keep his direct opponent out of the match, this man is the go-to guy.
He has been shifted from centre-back to rightback and vice versa, but it hasn’t caused him any problems. He is getting on in age, but Turbo Perea is still incredibly fast and deserves some recognition for the good month he’s had.
The Portuguese is often the midst of criticism, but has been our most efficient forward in September. He scored two goals and assisted another two, numbers that our other forwards can only admire.
This past summer Simão was rumoured to leave, but Quique obviously still has a lot of faith in the versatile winger and Simão has paid back his confidence. If he continues this way I think we can all agree he should be offered a contract extension as soon as possible, because his current deal runs out in 2011.
Despite conceding six goals in six matches, our defence has arguably been our strongest line, so it comes as no surprise that three of our nominees come from the backline. Who would you say was our Player of the Month in September?