The Aftermath

Koke scores early for Atlético on Sunday evening

The Rojiblanco Recap: Atleti suffer their way to second

Atleti went straight for their hosts’ throat on Sunday evening, and the early goal against Real Betis was the result of their incessant pressure from kick off.

As the ball fell perfectly for Koke, the young Spaniard claimed his second goal of the season and Atleti fans collectively rubbed their hands together as it looked sure to be a high scoring game, something this team is more than capable of but hasn’t consistently done. Yet, this was not to be.

Diego Simeone looks on from the bench

The Rojiblanco Recap: Simeone’s soldiers sidetracked

A Halloween howler was how AS described the moment that young Gimenez gifted a goal to Deportivo La Coruña – but to blame the draw solely on the Uruguayan would be ludicrous.

The defence was solid for the most part on Friday night with 86% of Depor’s shots coming from outside the box, one of these from Fajr came close to winning the game for the home side late in the second half.

Carrasco celebrates for Atleti

The Rojiblanco Recap: Atleti irresistible against Los Che

Sunday night’s showdown between last season’s third and fourth-place finishers highlighted the gulf in class between the two sides now in this new season.

In what was the most one sided 2-1 victory you’ll see, Atleti put in an irresistible performance that had the visitors on the ropes for most of the game.

Benitez and Simeone faced each other for the first time

The Rojiblanco Recap: Derbi day ends in draw

Madrid remains red and white. Just about. A late Vietto goal saved the mattress makers from a narrow defeat to eternal rivals Real Madrid and ensured that the undefeated streak against them in La Liga stretches to six matches in a row.

Luis rounds up the talking points from Sunday evening’s clash.

Baptistao scores for Villarreal against Atleti

The Rojiblanco Recap: Yellow submarine strikes again

It was a frustrating night at El Madrigal as Atleti fail to make up ground on the ‘big two’.

Simeone’s starting eleven were geared up for midfield domination but this was the area that Los Rojiblancos couldn’t seem to conquer.

Substitutes pay dividends as Atleti prove their class

The Rojiblanco Recap: Two goals see off in form Eibar

Two second half goals were enough to claim all three points against early trailblazers Eibar, who were able to match Atleti for effort but not class.

Substitutes Ángel Correa and Fernando Torres struck in the second half to win the match, as Cholo opted to switch things up at half-time and revert back to the system that has served him so well.

Messi was brought on for Barcelona and caused trouble

The Rojiblanco Recap – Atleti lose first Barca bout

As evening fell upon Madrid, the reflection from the Manzanares River revealed our fortress, the Vicente Calderon, filling gradually with anxious colchoneros, turning out in full force for this early season clash of the Titans.

The stage was set for Atleti to take Barca by the scruff of their neck and let La Liga know that Los Rojiblancos mean business.

Atlético come through their first tough test of the season

The Rojiblanco Recap – A raid on Sevilla’s fortress

Atlético Madrid laid down an early season marker at the Ramon Sánchez Pizjuán on Sunday evening, putting three past Sevilla to ensure they left Andalusia with all three points.

The new look Atleti side demonstrated their ambitions for the upcoming season with a strong performance against a Sevilla side who, despite not being able to beat Atleti in their last 11 attempts, had been beaten only once at home in the whole of last season.

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The Rojiblanco Recap: Controversy at the Calderón

Manny Pacquiao wasn’t the only one who couldn’t land a knockout blow at the weekend as Atleti were unable to get the ball in the back of the net (legally).

I emphasise the word legally as the match ball found itself ruffling the back of the Bilbao net on a few occasions but Saturday afternoon’s officials did their best to keep the match goalless.

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The Rojiblanco Recap: Not so plain sailing

El Madrigal was the stage for a nervy affair between third and sixth place in the league.

Grizi’s brace-per-game ratio took a hit but with two strong penalty shouts the Frenchman can feel aggrieved he wasn’t able to get himself onto the score sheet.