Atlético hit the road again to face fourth in La Liga Villarreal, back from relegation just one year later and looking as lean and mean as in the old days when they gained the ‘Yellow Submarine’ nickname.
Atlético continued efforts to trim their squad this week, with more loan deals having been confirmed on Monday and Tuesday. Newly-promoted Villarreal will make their return to Primera action with Sergio Asenjo between the sticks, while Atleti cantera jewel Saúl Ñíguez has already suited up for our neighbours Rayo Vallecano just a day after a one-year
Wednesday night’s episode of the increasingly popular Cholo’s Men series had all the usual twists and turns that has made the suspenseful, action-packed show must-watch television. It was by no means pretty, but Atlético showed tremendous resolve to get the away win at Betis, coming out on top after a pair of fluky goals had
On Wednesday, Atlético officially released the good news that backup goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo has penned a new deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2016. The news was announced by José Luis Pérez Caminero, who had previously worked with the Palencian at Real Valladolid. Our sporting director expressed his admiration
Atlético goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea for one season, has been one of the club’s most consistent players so far. He’s done so well in fact, that Rojiblanco officials are already negotiating a one-year extension of his loan deal so that he can remain at the Vicente Calderón through the summer of 2013.
Atlético Madrid were invited by Fuenlabrada for the inaugural match of their Fernando Torres Stadium, named after the Premier League superstar who grew up in the Madrid suburb. Atlético beat Fuenlabrada by three goals, but the biggest news of the night was the return of Sergio Asenjo and the debut of Portuguese signing Pizzi.
Atlético goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo was given medical clearance on Thursday, exactly six months after the surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee. The fully recovered ‘keeper, who according to Atlético’s Chief of Medical Services is “at the full disposal of his coach”, gave a press conference at the Majadahonda training facilities on Thursday.
Atlético goalkeeper Joel Robles, slated to be the club’s starter next year, spoke to AS on Friday. The 21-year-old sent a clear message to his coaching staff: “We don’t need to sign another goalkeeper from elsewhere,” he said. “We’re all set.”
Now that David de Gea is gone, Atlético head coach Gregorio Manzano is in search of a replacement goalkeeper. Following De Gea’s press conference on Wednesday, Manzano told Spanish television station Canal + Liga that the club’s priority is to “sign a forward and a goalkeeper”. With Joel and Asenjo ready to step up, does the club need to sign a starting keeper?
In England clubs were spending big on the last day of the transfer window, but in Spain only six transfers were made. Although there were rumours of late offers totalling up to €109m, Atlético had it’s business done long before deadline day. In January six changes were made to our first team, with four players leaving and two coming in.