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Atletico Madrid suffered a major setback in the league title race after a 2-0 defeat against Celta de Vigo.
This was a shock result for the team especially considering that they had beaten table leaders Real Madrid 4-0 only in the previous match. Atletico Madrid expected to build on from this result, which placed them just four points away from the top of the table. As it is, the title looks to be away from them after Barcelona and Real Madrid kept on winning. After the match, manager Diego Simeone says that he was the only person responsible for this defeat.
In their defence, Atletico were without a number of key players like Raul Garcia, Koke, and Turan for this encounter. Garcia and Turan were suspended after receiving five yellow cards so far this campaign, while Koke was absent because of a hamstring injury. The latter has been so much responsible towards creating opportunities in the team and his absence was truly felt against Celta de Vigo, who are struggling with a threat of relegation. This result may shift Atletico to focus on the Champions League and finishing in the top three. Simeone, though, is not the kind of manager to admit defeat in public. Read more »
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Athletic Madrid lost momentum in their quest of staying at the same level and keep on pressuring Real Madrid and Barcelona after losing against Celta de Vigo in the Spanish League in a match that emerged with a very surprising result.
Goals from Nolito and Orellana in the 2nd half were enough for Celta de Vigo to secure their 7th triumph of the season as they overcame Athletic Madrid.
The 29 year old Uruguayan defender Diego Godin believes that even with this defeat, his teammates will not give up and try to get back within reaching distance of their rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“We were missing important people in midfield, but we lost against a great opponent. It hurts to lose. Today, we’re sad. They played very well. Now we have to move forward.’’ Read more »
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Diego Simeone along with Joachim Loew and Carlo Ancelotti are considered to be the 3 best coaches in the world and this is evidenced by the fact that those managers are the candidates on winning the 2014 FIFA Coach of the Year award.
Diego Simeone was able to secure the first La Liga title of Athletic Madrid in 18 years during the 2013-14 season and also came as close on winning the Champions League trophy as they reached the finals but ultimately lost to Real Madrid.
The accomplishments that the Argentine manager has reached in charge of Athletic Madrid are impressive to say the least but things might be reaching its end as Diego Simeone is rumored to be on his way out of Athletic Madrid.
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Atletico Madrid have not been the same force that they were last season, as they have struggled to score goals on a regular basis this time around. A lot of it has to do with the numerous personnel changes that have happened in the summer. Star striker Diego Costa, who contributed most of the goals last season is now playing for Chelsea, is being felt since Mario Mandzukic is not exactly the same kind of player. In order to continue getting the results, Atletico have had to modify their style of football in the last few months.
They have been getting more number of goals from set pieces than most of the teams from Spain or Italy. This, in turn, has led to the criticism of the team’s style of football from various quarters. Due to the Spanish league being highly technical, teams do not often resort to physical style of football. Their manager, Diego Simeone, who was recently voted as the best manager in Spain last season, says that he is happy with the threat from set pieces and he finds no in using them to the benefit of his team. Atletico managed a 1-0 win over Getafe in the latest league encounter. Summer signing Mandzukic scored the only goal of the game in the 40th minute.
“It happened again today. It’s a tool in football, it seems like it’s a bad thing to score goals like this. It’s normal to have these types of options. After playing three games this week, it’s not an easy thing to score eight goals and keep three clean sheets,” said Atletico manager. They have been finding it difficult to match the exploits of last season. It is not surprising that they are fifth in the table, but they are just two points below Barcelona.