Believe, for this is real. Atlético Madrid are the crowned champions of Spain, having toppled super-powers Real Madrid and Barcelona over the course of a 38-game season. With the mantra of “one match at a time”, Diego Simeone’s men have achieved the unimaginable.
On Friday, Radamel Falcao turned in a performance beyond Atleti fans’ and, he admitted to reporters afterwards, his own wildest imaginations in scoring a first-half hat-trick against Champions League title-holders Chelsea, helping Atlético to their second Super Cup trophy and fourth European honour in little over two years. Jokes were aplenty among the fans and
Antonio Ruiz of Spanish radio station COPE’s ‘El Partido de las 12’ programme, claimed late Tuesday evening that while in Colombia, Atlético owner and general director Miguel Ángel Gil Marín promised Rojiblanco boss Diego Simeone that he would not be selling our superstar trio of Falcao, Adrián and Arda. Ruiz also reported former Colchonero José
On Wednesday, Atletico’s Board of Directors agreed to keep president Enrique Cerezo and general director Miguel Ángel Gil Marín in control of the club. The day had begun with reports in Spain claiming Rojiblanco board members were set to meet at the Vicente Calderón in order to vote on whether or not to remove Cerezo or Gil Marín from their respective posts.In the end, the controversial pair were allowed to hold on to their jobs.
Following the injury to left-back Nacho Monreal, Osasuna president Patxi Izco called Atlético to inform that Juanfran would not be sold during the winter transfer window. Rojiblanco officials are now racing to find an alternative option to replace the void left by Simao Sabrosa, who leaves to join Besiktas in the new year.