Relax. It was bound to happen. At least, that’s likely what many members of the Rojiblanco faithful kept telling themselves when their beloved Atlético’s bid for a perfect season in La Liga (and a chance to take sole possession of first place) was spoiled by Espanyol on Saturday. Just because it was inevitable didn’t mean it hurt any less for some of us though.
Despite their clear superiority for most of the afternoon, Atlético struggled to dispose of Celta Vigo at the Vicente Calderón on Sunday.
Ultimately, a Diego Costa brace was enough to extend the club’s record league start to eight straight wins.
The red and white outlaws held the Estadio Nuevo José Zorrilla hostage Saturday night, making their way out of town with a 2-0 victory. The win also makes it a perfect 15 out of a possible 15 points in Primera action so far this campaign. Nothing can stop Cholo’s gang, despite their worst first half of football thus far this season.
Atlético midfielder Mario Suárez earned his first start with the senior Spanish national team in their World Cup qualifier against Finland last Friday. Colchonero midfielder Koke did as well, while veteran La Roja member David Villa also appeared in the fold for his fellow Rojiblancos’ debuts. Villa was removed just before the hour mark, and
With just the right amount of suspense, Atlético made it three-for-three to start the present term by besting fellow Champions League contenders Real Sociedad 2-1 in the Basque Country on Sunday. Back when Neptune famously carried Diego Simeone into the Vicente Calderón on his triumphal chariot circa December 2011, Atleti had been mired in an
For years, Atlético Madrid fans witnessed how the Spanish national team experienced its glory years, winning cup after cup, and becoming the first country ever to win three major tournaments consecutively, without a Rojiblanco player present. Some fans might have even started to wonder whether former Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque was ignoring the
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
It didn’t take long for David Villa to make a mark for Atlético Madrid. On Saturday he made his official debut for Los Rojiblancos against Las Palmas and it took El Guaje just 40 minutes to score his first goal.
All it took was for Diego Simeone to pound his fists on the table for Atlético to get the ball rolling when it came to reining in reinforcements. Three days after the signing of David Villa was made official, Atleti have confirmed a deal that will bring Martín Demichelis to the Vicente Calderón for one year.
Barcelona had an easy night, as all the new champions needed to do was wait for a sloppy suicide. Leading up to the match, feelings were mixed after Atleti’s successful Galician away tour that collected the four points necessary to secure the third and final UEFA Champions League spot so crucial to the club’s financial