Atlético coach Diego Simeone gave a long-winded press conference on Wednesday, going over a number of interesting topics and revealing some of his ideas for the club he recently signed a year and a half contract with. Simeone explained his controversial decision to bench Arda Turan last Saturday, and shed some light on his decision-making
Atlético’s 2010/11 season has been described by many as a campaign of disappointment, with few highs but so many lows. But forget the four derby defeats against Real, or the 4-1 humiliation on that Monday night at Hércules. It’s time to look back at the five best performances we’ve seen from Atlético Madrid this season! With important wins against Athletic, Villarreal and Inter Milan, which game tops our list?
Last night we caught a glimpse at ‘what could’ve been’ with an uplifting victory over our once direct rivals Villarreal. Perhaps the triumph was somewhat bittersweet as many fans will likely wonder where this sensational team has been hiding all season long. Check out our notes and quotes from this magical evening at the Calderón.
Atlético and Villarreal meet at the Calderón late Saturday evening in what promises to be a cracker. An average of over four goals per match has been scored the last seven times the teams have squared off. Atleti will look to get back on the winning track at home against a side that has beaten them three straight times.
Menaced all evening long by Villarreal torpedoes Rossi, Nilmar and Cazorla and by the incompetent officiating of Ramírez Domínguez, Atlético was defeated 0-2 at the Madrigal. Atlético had the chance of entering the coveted top four spots if they could only manage to snatch a victory away from their direct rivals tonight. Instead, Atleti stumbled all the way down to eighth place with the loss.
Atlético Madrid travel to El Madrigal this Sunday looking for their third consecutive victory as they take on La Liga high-flyers Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine currently sit second in the league table, just a point behind leaders Real Madrid. They squandered the chance to go top on Monday night, but have proved themselves a force to be reckoned with, with five wins in their last six games in La Liga.
Atlético have confirmed on the official club website that Diego Godín will sign with the club on a five-year contract from Villarreal on Monday. The clubs agreed a deal this morning. Atleti’s press release does not confirm the transfer fee, but it’s suggested in the media that we’ll pay €8.5m for 50% of the player’s rights. Godín will arrive in Madrid tomorrow and undergo his medical on Friday.
Diego Godín has revealed in Uruguayan news paper El País that he is ready for a step up, hinting at a move to Atlético. “I’d like to join a team with more history, that always aspires to fight for a title. “All this [transfer talk] makes me happy, because it shows I’m on the right way and I hope to continue like this.” We reported earlier that Godín might move to Atlético for €9m. Villarreal’s director José Manuel Llanezo acknowledged that a move for the defender is likely.
Multiple Spanish media report today that Diego Godín will be an Atlético player as soon as the team returns from Thailand. Our directors have come along on this trip to Asia, where we will play an All Star team from the Thai league. The match is tomorrow at 12AM Spanish time. Due to the absence
Now that a deal for Filipe has been agreed, Atlético can focus on signing one more defender. Quique Sánchez Flores wants either a centre or a right-back, with Ujfalusi to complete the defence. While a deal for Fanni seemed close, Atleti has set their sight on Diego Godín, the Uruguayan centre-back from Villarreal. Marca even