‘Ya caerá el Atleti’ (Now Atleti will fall) is a phrase that has been used repeatedly this season, as surely it was only a matter of time. In this two-team league of ours, nobody thought unfancied Atlético would make it to May as league leaders. Sooner or later they would slip and hand the momentum back to Real Madrid and Barcelona, before slowly fading away… Or maybe not.
On the back of two fiercely contested draws, Atlético Madrid will be looking to get back to winning ways against Valencia on Tuesday and progress to the Copa del Rey quarter finals. Last week, Diego Simeone’s side were denied a win at the Mestalla by Helder Postiga’s last gasp equalising header, but are still strong favourites to make it through having gotten the all-important away goal.
January is Copa del Rey month in Spain, and holders Atlético get the action underway on Tuesday with the first leg of their last 16 tie against a rejuvenated Valencia. Last month’s 3-0 league triumph over Los Che resulted in the dismissal of manager Miroslav Djukic, and it has been all change at the Mestalla since then. Kick-off is set for 22:00 CET.
Atlético fooled around with Valencia in the opening half of Sunday’s encounter, waiting until after the break to land all the heavy blows in another knockout performance at the Vicente Calderón that ended in a 3-0 rout. Valencia came into the match having scored in their previous 26 league games, but Atleti completely snuffed out their attack on the night.
Atlético jump back into the fray of La Liga on Sunday after a two-week break from league play, taking on ninth-place Valencia at the Vicente Calderón. Diego Simeone’s men will aim to keep their, what many would say are far-fetched, title-hopes alive when the clash against Los Che gets underway at 21:00 CET.
Adil Rami has rejected renewal offers from Valencia, with his representatives having looked to move the central defender to Atlético, according to a source close to the club. With los Che narrowly missing out on Champions League football for next season on the final round of La Liga, Rami would like to join a side
Atlético will lament missing out on the chance to move back into second in the league standings on Sunday after a troubling performance at the Vicente Calderón against a depleted Valencia outfit. With a goal apiece in under seven minutes of play, the match was setting up to be a classic slugfest typical of engagements
Atlético Madrid had won their first 13 league games at the Vicente Calderón, but have dropped points in the two games since ending their streak. After falling to Real Sociedad at home three weeks ago, the Colchoneros shared the points with Valencia on Sunday night in a 1-1 draw. The final score was reached after
Atlético will have a chance to reclaim second place on Easter Sunday when they host Valencia in their return to La Liga action following an extended international break. The match at the Vicente Calderón, los Colchoneros’ first at their stronghold since suffering defeat for the first time there this season three weeks ago, gets underway
Atlético’s 13 game streak of consecutive wins came to an end in Mestalla on Saturday night. A fantastic volley by Roberto Soldado and a late goal by Nelson Valdez decided round 10 of la Liga in Valencia’s favour. The home side only created two attempts on target, but were deadly efficient and brought the gap