Atlético finally got their first win of 2011 after five tries to close out the halfway point in sixth place, besting their point total from a year ago by seven. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores shook up the line-up ahead of the clash following a set of sub-par performances by his squad and the untimely injury to Sergio Agüero.
It was obvious to the world at large that what happened yesterday in Alicante was a catastrophe of epic proportions for Atlético. It was a humilitation of the sort that causes lasting institutional damage, tarnishing an ever-fading Rojiblanco brand. But the club’s official site didn’t seem to think so.
Considering the front-loaded nature of our schedule that has pitted us against the likes of Bilbao, Barcelona and Valencia early on, we have to be pleased with our seven points and two solid showings away from the Calderón. The Atleti of last season likely would be sitting at three points right now, with a lone win against Sporting, and we would be hanging out at the bottom of the table with Levante, Málaga and Racing Santander in panic mode, calling for Pitarch’s head on a platter and in all out protest against Gil and Cerezo.
We told you earlier that Atlético was close to signing Filipe, and now it seems Deportivo left their full-back at home when they flew to Switzerland for a training camp. A deal looks imminent. Reports in Spain say a deal has been agreed between the two clubs for €8m or €9m, including incentives. Representatives of the clubs met in the Vicente Calderón today to close the deal. Meanwhile, Atleti are reportedly also hoping to sign Villarreal-duo Diego Godín and Santi Cazorla.