The Beast #Seleccion - #DiegoCosta #Atleti  (at Avenue des Champs-Élysées)

The Beast #Seleccion - #DiegoCosta #Atleti (at Avenue des Champs-Élysées)

Barça players complain about the pitch at the Calderón, Xavi’s reaction caught on camera

The red & white aftermath: Match Day 32

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.

It was a heart conditioning session and a great lesson for the many children in attendance for the annual ‘Kids Day’ festivities at Cholo Castle.

Most of those little boogers have no idea about the torture the red and white stripes have put us through in the past.

With Diego Costa and Arda sidelined, Simeone effectively amputated our attack when he replaced Cebolla with Tiago, and later removed David Villa and Diego from the pitch.

Villarreal took full control of the affair for the final half hour, but Atleti survived to make it six consecutive victories in La Liga–keeping their place at the top for yet another week and remaining undefeated at the Vicente Calderón in league play.

If they repeat that feat, with six games left to go, they will boldly proclaim themselves champions for the first time since 1995-96.

It’s the final countdown–only 18 points left to play for.

A por la Décima!

Wait! First, we have a chance to rock the foundations of the football world when he host Barcelona on Wednesday in the return leg of our Champions League quarter-finals fixture.

“We’re still leaders and we’re happy. On Wednesday, we’re back at the Calderón for the Champions League and Barcelona. We’re going to be phenomenal, and we’re going to put together a great match for sure.” -Juanfran

Read the rest of my match recap over at AtléticoFans here.

Costa leaves practice early ahead of Champions League clash against Barcelona

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The red & white aftermath: Match Day 31

Atlético put together a hairy-chested, stomp-your-foot-on-the-ground-and-punch-a-Madridista-in-the-face comeback performance in Bilbao on Saturday to earn their fifth straight league win.

Stunned by an unexpected Athletic goal in the sixth minute — the first goal they had conceded in five La Liga matches — Diego Simeone’s hombres recovered quickly and went on to conquer the new San Mamés for the second time this season.

Mind you, this is a site neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona were able to come out triumphantly from.

But, we’re not Real or Barça, we’re the leaders of the league and Saturday night’s victory was a tremendous morale-booster in our dream quest for a 10th league title.

Los Rojiblancos now lead the Primera División in away wins with 11, and their current point total of 76 is the club’s second-highest ever–behind the 87 stacked up the last time they won La Liga in 1995-96.

Our fourth defeat of los Leones in four tries in this campaign gave us our 36th win, the most ever for Atlético in a single season.

Are there still any non-believers left out there?

Read the rest of my match recap over at AtléticoFans here.

A royal touch


(Excerpted from: The red and white aftermath: Match Day 30; AtléticoFans)

“[José] Sosa’s entry gave us more speed in the link-up between our midfielders and forwards,” Simeone said of his ‘Little Prince’.

The Argentine right winger was on the money with the corner kicks he took when he replaced a highly ineffective Cebolla Rodríguez in the 56th minute in the match against Granada.

Because Koke was rested, it was Sosa who was tasked with corner kick duties on the evening, and it was from one of those crosses from the edge that he tallied his fourth assist in only 475 minutes of play since arriving during the past winter transfer window.

That’s four assists in the equivalent of a little over five full games. To put things in perspective, Cebolla has two assists in double that time (901 minutes). Filipe Luís, yes Filipe Luís, has four in 3,111 minutes! Finally, Juanfran has four in 3,825 minutes.

Cholo was certainly on to something when he brought his compatriot over from Metalist Kharkiv on loan.

The red & white aftermath: Match Day 30

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Busted, hypocrites. All of you!

Celebrating Sevilla goals, ey? Well, who’d have thunk it?

While eternal rivals Real Madrid were en route to a second straight loss in less than a week at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Atlético had to sweat one out themselves at home against Granada Wednesday night.

Los Rojiblancos made their fans wait until just past the hour mark before they could erupt in celebration.

Typical.

Atlético’s last four league games have played out much the same way: with los Colchoneros walking into the dressing room at the break all knotted up at 0-0, only to take care of business in the second half and come out triumphantly.

The club’s failure to finish off Granada after Diego Costa bagged goal number 100 for Atleti on the season in official play, only fueled the match day’s suspense for the Rojiblanco faithful.

Will Sevilla hold on? Will we hold on? Will Sevilla hold on? Will we hold on?

In the end, our brothers in red and white (but just for one day, now we can resume our feud as mortal enemies), thanks to a pair of strikes by Carlos Bacca, stunned Real in Andalusia.

Meanwhile, time elapsed at the Calderón and we remained unbeaten at home with our fourth straight shutout victory in league play.

Oh, yeah, and WE ARE NOW SOLE LEADERS OF LA LIGA AFTER 30 MATCHES!!!

Atleti will hardly have time to enjoy their latest achievement though, as they must gear up for the most demanding point of the season.

The upcoming schedule reads as follows: away at Athletic Bilbao [remaining games removed from report by Diego Pablo Simeone…partido a partido dammit!]

Read the rest of my match recap over at AtléticoFans here.

We’re still here motherfuckers!

The comments made by Sergio Ramos & Cristiano made me laugh so much.

—Diego Pablo Simeone

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