Ups…and downs. They are a part of life and, more importantly, they are a part of being an Atlético fan. Los Rojiblancos were riding a tidal wave of momentum heading into their encounter at the Ciutat de València on Sunday, but they were abruptly stymied by an early mishap, some outrageous goalkeeping by Keylor Navas and a suspiciously motivated home side, eventually falling by a score of 2-0.
For the second straight Sunday, Atlético take their act to Valencia. This time, the league leaders and fresh Champions League finalists will square off against Levante at the Ciutat de València at 17:00 CET–a bout that has the chance to serve as a semifinal of sorts for los Rojiblancos.
Atlético capped off the best year in club history with yet another triumph at the unconquerable Vicente Calderón, though this 3-2 win came after a vigorously-contested battle against Levante. If ever there was a match to exemplify the era of ‘Cholo’, Sunday night’s was not it. Well, at least, not the beginning of it.
Atlético swept aside Levante at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday, but a Falcao injury that may keep ‘El Tigre’ sidelined for up to three weeks cast a dark cloud over the victory. Despite the grim news, there was still plenty to smile about in Colchonero land. The triumph over Juan Ignacio Martínez’ men was the
Atlético Madrid got their 12th consecutive home win at the Vicente Calderón in La Liga. The Colchoneros dominated the game against Levante from start to finish and, despite there being few opportunities, comfortably won by a two-goal margin. The goals were scored by Adrián and Koke, while the defence kept another clean sheet. The only
On Sunday, Atlético have a chance to both extend their incredible win streak at home when they host Levante, and to close in on league-leaders Barcelona, who suffered their first defeat in La Liga this season at Anoeta on Saturday. Kick-off at the Vicente Calderón, or as it has been re-christened: ‘Cholo Castle’, is set
Overall it was a positive start to Atlético’s post-Diego era. Los Rojiblancos’ injury-stricken squad showed promising signs in Levante that their struggles on the road could be a thing of the past, outplaying their opponents for most of the match and dominating possession (68%), though they were only able to take a single point back
In a cruel test of patience (and consciousness), Atlético and Levante fans will have to wait until 23:00 CET Sunday for their respective sides to set sail to their 2012/13 La Liga campaigns. Yes, you read that correctly. The midnight showdown between the two Europa League challengers will begin late Sunday night and end in
Have you found yourself staring at the wall, wandering through the park at night or drawing up countless formations with and without Falcao still at Atlético, just waiting for the new season to begin? So have we. Have you started following baseball or, God forbid, the Tour de France? Don’t despair, you can now start
One would think that Atlético would be used to the early kick offs after starting at noon the past few weeks, but it appeared the team was still asleep when referee Iglesias Villaneva set the game in motion. Within ten minutes we were trailing by two goals after great assists by Barkero and two uncontested