After a one year absence, Atlético is back in the Champions League final. They are facing a familiar foe in Real Madrid, whom they lost to in the 2014 final just two years ago. The two teams have played ten times since then, resulting in five wins, one loss, and four draws for Atleti.
Euro 2016 is right around the corner and Spain is here to play, potentially win, and to redeem themselves from a horrible 2014 World Cup campaign.
Much has changed since La Roja were victorious in Ukraine four years ago, and a number of younger players are beginning to take lead roles in the setup – our very own Koke being one of those.
Atlético has played 51 games this season which means injury and fatigue are necessary evils in the 2015-16 campaign. Nearly every player has sat out at least one game, but the latest knock may be the biggest for Atléti. Diego Godin showed signs of first injuring his thigh against Barcelona and aggravated the injury more
When Fernando Torres came off of the bench to secure all three points against Eibar, very few people expected that El Niño would go over four months without scoring another goal in the red and white of Atlético Madrid.
And yet Atleti’s number nine was to go 140 days without finding the back of the net. Fans could be forgiven for thinking the striker would eternally sit on 99 goals in the record books at the Vicente Calderón.
Atlético’s attack this season has been a mixed bag. For every air-punching 5-1 victory over Betis we’ve had to celebrate, we’ve had a fist-clenching bore draw against PSV and Villarreal.
You can’t blame it on lack of variety up-front. Antoine Griezmann has 19 goals in the league this season for Atleti, his best haul so far, but he’s also had his fair share of strike partners.
Are we looking in the wrong places for goals?
After four straight matches in which Atlético managed just three total goals, the rojiblancos have shrugged off the February blues. Atleti has turned on the heat in March, with five different goal scorers totalling nine goals in their last three matches.
For much of the season, this Atleti has identified as a typical Diego Simeone team. They sat back and played defensively, even at home. They did not score nearly as many goals as Real Madrid and Barcelona but consistently won games 1-0.
We have achieved what a lot of Atlético fans could only dream of before that 2013 Copa Del Rey Final. We are feared by Real. Really feared. Which makes one wonder are Real the new ‘noisy neighbours’?
Early in the second half of an already hard-fought battle with Getafe, Atlético´s most promising young summer transfer went to the ground after a blow to the ankle. The Belgian was able to walk off the pitch, but paramedics carried him to the locker room on a stretcher in the latest injury to an Atlético midfielder.
Just as Augusto and Tiago start to make their return to training, another midfielder goes down.
It’s a pretty good bet that you have seen the rumours over the last 24 hours of Diego Simeone’s impending departure to the Premier League, with multiple outlets now reporting that El Cholo has told Atlético Madrid that he is leaving at the end of the season.
The Argentine manager is alleged to have agreed a deal with Chelsea to take over from Guus Hiddink. Fear not Rojiblancos, we’re here to give you six reasons why our beloved manager will still be here at the start of next season.
When Atlético Madrid beat Eibar 3-1 this past Saturday, they did so with the average age in the starting XI being roughly 23 years-old.
Although Fernando Torres’ 100th career goal stole the headlines on the day, the game solidified the fact that José Giménez and Saúl Ñíguez are showing fans of los Rojiblancos that the future’s looking bright.