Atlético winger Jose Antonio Reyes went on the popular Cadena SER radio show ‘El Larguero’ Tuesday evening to deny claims about a locker room campaign against Diego Forlan. “It’s nonsense that we don’t pass the ball to Forlán,” said Reyes. “One who watches the games has to realise that there isn’t a single problem with Forlán.”
Just when Quique Sanchez Flores was starting to nail down his best squad, possible dressing room problems have come to light following striker Diego Forlan’s tantrum after being substituted in the final minutes against Sevilla.
Saturday night’s draw at the Calderón once again proved that supporting Atlético is not for the weak of heart. In fact, the club’s membership fee comes with the added expense of 3-5 years of supporter life expectancy. The atmosphere at the jam-packed Rojiblanco stadium was electric and both sides came ready to rumble. Check out our notes and quotes from the clash.
With the defeat to los Leones, we close out the first month of the new decade with a mere 4 out of a possible 15 points from league matches. Drifting away and lost in no man’s land in the classification table, it’s time for Atlético to re-draw its objective for the 2010-11 campaign, as Champions League play is now but a fairy tale.
Atlético winger José Antonio Reyes was limited in training this morning, but is expected to start this weekend against Málaga. Quique Sánchez Flores kept him out of the game against Leverkusen in order to avoid a possible injury, given the harsh conditions on the pitch.
Sources in the Spanish media report that the knock Atlético winger José Antonio Reyes suffered in last night’s tie against Almería will not prevent him from making it to the Bernabéu for this weekend’s derby. Tests performed on the winger this morning revealed that the injury is a minor one, and though he is set to miss our midweek clash at Trondheim against Rosenborg, he should be fit in time to face Real Madrid on Sunday.
Details on Atlético winger José Antonio Reyes’ contract extension, which was signed and made official on 1 October, were released today in a report by MARCA. The new deal, originally thought to be for three more years through 2014, was renegotiated to two years expiring in 2013. In addition to the reduction in length, Reyes’ release clause drops to €20m.
One more round of international matches, one more Spanish national team devoid of any Atlético Madrid players. While it might be bold to question the decision-making of a world cup champion coach, it’s very difficult to understand why José Antonio Reyes was neglected by Vicente del Bosque this time around.