Atlético B beat Pontevedra on Sunday and now have won their last four consecutive games, but that should not hide the fact that this campaign has been largely disappointing. Last year the Filial finished just outside the play-off positions for promotion to the Segunda División; this year the team struggled to steer clear of relegation and only climbed up the table in the last few weeks.
MARCA is reporting that Atlético will part ways with Portugese midfielder Tiago at the end of the season. On loan from Juventus since January 2010, the former Chelsea man has reportedly failed to impress and no effort will be made to retain him. According to other news sources, Raul Garcia and Antonio Lopez are set to follow Tiago out of the club.
Despite the ever-growing list of names being linked with Atlético in the winter transfer window, Rojiblanco club officials assured MARCA that the team “doesn’t need anyone else,” and that no signings will be made in the upcoming winter transfer market. Quique looks likely to have to rely on our canteranos for the rest of the season.
In a press conference held after the match against Universidad Las Palmas, Atlético coach Quique Sánchez Flores deemed reports of a turbulent relationship between him and striker Diego Forlán “outrageous.” He assured reporters that his relationship with the attacker is “super normal.” Quique also praised the performances of several youngsters that were handed playing time against Universidad.
Fran Mérida and Tomas Ujfalusi are on path to full recovery ahead of our Europa League opener against Aris Thessaloniki on Thursday. Fran had already returned to training with the rest of the team, while Ujfa made his way back this morning.
Atlético today confirmed that Perea has gone back to Atlético B and will join the squad for their first league game. Today the team opens their league campaign against Getafe B in the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez Muñoz. All players have been selected, except for the injured Sebastián Gallegos. Coach Antonio Rivas is optimistic about his team’s chances.
Atlético picked up its second win of pre-season on Saturday evening with a convincing 2-1 win over Real Betis in Seville. After thrashing Alcalá last week (2-8), los Rojiblancos carried on their impressive form and turned in a comfortable performance against the Segunda side. Alberto Perea played a leading role and continued his impressive form.