It was at home. It was Quique Sanchez Flores’ last match at the Vicente Calderón. It was against an already relegated and severely banged-up Hércules side. But…it wasn’t easy. In the end, a spectacular volley by Jose Antonio Reyes sealed Atlético’s spot in next season’s edition of the Europa League–los Rojiblancos’ fifth consecutive qualification for UEFA club competition.
Quqiue Sanchez Flores’ last home game as manager of Atlético Madrid resulted in a 2-1 win over Hércules on Sunday evening. Goals from Álvaro Domínguez and the outstanding José Antonio Reyes earned all three points for los Colchoneros as they exacted revenge on the side that had humiliated them earlier this season.
On Sunday evening, Atlético will be looking to avenge the 4-1 pounding suffered at the hands of Hércules back in January when the two sides face off at the Calderón. It will be manager Quique Sanchez Flores’ last match at the stadium he brought two European titles to. Saturday morning, the Rojiblanco boss admitted what was pretty much a foregone conclusion: he will not be returning for another campaign.
The domestic season is coming to an end, and while Barcelona could wrap up the La Liga title next week, there are still other battles to be fought with four matches left to play. Atlético need a miracle if they are to qualify for the Champions League. Villarreal would have to lose three of their
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.
Atlético Madrid fell to a humiliating defeat on Monday evening at the hands of newly-promoted Hércules. Shocking defending combined with an apparent lack of determination and passion by all involved resulted in a 4-1 loss for los Rojiblancos, snapping a streak of six games without defeat.
After securing safe passage into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Atlético must quickly shift their focus back to the league. Los Rojiblancos travel to Alicante for the Monday night game to face off against Hércules for the first time in almost 14 years. In fact, the last time these two teams met, Atlético were the domestic double winners.