Score, and hang on for dear life! This has apparently been Atlético’s game plan in their last three home games, all of which they have won by the same 1-0 margin. After getting off to a great start against Villarreal on Saturday, opening up the scoring within the first 15 minutes of action, los Rojiblancos spent most of their time warding off the Yellow Submarine.
Huh? What the hell was that? For the second straight league match away from home, Atlético resembled the version of themselves spearheaded by Gregorio Manzano before Diego Simeone came to the rescue.
So much for a crisis. It took all of four minutes on Saturday for Atlético to puncture a pair of mortal wounds into Valladolid at the Vicente Calderón. Los Rojiblancos then sat back and watched as their opponents bled out for most of the evening before delivering the final death blow–thereby snapping an ugly streak of three goalless losses.
Atlético pounded Getafe into submission on Saturday with a performance that bordered on downright cruelty. The 7-0 annihilation was the worst loss in los Azulones‘ history. The scoreboard also happened to mirror Atleti’s record at ‘Cholo Castle’ this season, with Simeone’s men picking up their seventh home win on the trot.
It was always going to be a tall order to come out of the Madrigal with the three points on Sunday. Without several key starters and visiting one of the league’s top clubs, Atlético were lucky to even come away with anything at all against a very strong Villarreal side. Given the circumstances and the opponent, a 1-1 draw is by no means a huge disappointment.
Atlético delivered an impeccable performance in Sunday’s 5-0 obliteration of Rayo Vallecano at the Vicente Calderón. In their home opener in league play, los Colchoneros were out to prove ‘Cholo Castle’ remains the scariest place to visit in La Liga, haunted by a ‘Beast’ that calls the Rojiblanco fortress home, and protected by the world’s
Atlético will hope they used up the very last bit of their allotted bad luck for the season on Sunday, as los Rojiblancos were unfortunate to fall to the newly-crowned champions of La Liga. An own goal by captain Gabi handed Barcelona a, perhaps, undeserved 2-1 comeback victory. The stronger side for the vast majority of
The disciplinary committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation has rescinded the yellow card that Diego Costa received last Sunday against Sevilla. Consequently, the Atlético forward will be available for his team’s vital derby clash with Real Madrid this Saturday. According to referee González González’ report, Diego Costa was penalized for “knocking down his opponent
Atlético midfielders Arda and Tiago have not participated in group training this week. Instead, the two have trained individually. Arda hasn’t played since March 24th, when he suffered a sprained ankle in a collision with Valencia’s João Pereira, while Tiago has been unavailable since February 27th, when he broke his arm due to a reckless kick by Sevilla’s Gary
Following a pair of uninspiring affairs to welcome the New Year, a back-to-full-strength Atlético got off to a sparkling start at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday night when they took on a very tame Real Zaragoza side. Only an unusually imprecise Falcao prevented this match from ending in a blowout. The 2-0 final score belied