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 »
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.
Atletico Madrid managed to get revenge over their arch rivals Real Madrid for the defeat in the Champions League final by beating them in the Super Cup. This was the match between last season’s la Liga champions and the Copa del Rey winners Real Madrid. It is the equivalent of the Community Shield in England but with the tie being played over two legs. The first leg ended as a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernebeu with Raul Garcia managing to equalise with just two minutes of normal time remaining. Madrid’s expensive summer signing James Rodriguez had given them the lead in the 81st minute.
A 1-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon helped Atletico get revenge for the Champions League defeat. In an extraordinary campaign, Atletico not only won the league title but they also went to the Champions League final for only the second time in their history. They were leading encounter with minutes remaining on the clock before Sergio Ramos equalised. The goal appeared to have knocked the stuffing out of the team, as Atletico lost the match 4-1 with the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring in extra time. The 1-0 win at home came courtesy of goal from summer signing Mario Mandzukic in the second minute.
Simeone said after the match that beating a team like Madrid gives them a lot of energy. “I am delighted with the work of these boys. We have faced a great champion like Madrid twice and to beat a great opponent like this gives us great energy and motivation moving forwards,” said the Atletico boss, who has lifted several titles with the club since taking over more than three years ago. Despite losing several key players over the summer, Atletico have replaced them with top players like Mario Mandzukic.