Atletico Madrid’s good form in the Champions League continued after a 2-1 win over Rostov, but manager Diego Simeone was not completely happy after the game.
Atletico have been one of the best teams in the Champions League this season – at least on a defensive perspective. The goal conceded by the Spanish outfit in the latest group match was the first that they have let in in Europe. After three consecutive clean sheets, the club sit three points ahead of Bayern Munich in the group table. It gives them a massive advantage going into the last two games.
Antoine Griezmann was once again at his brilliant best after scoring twice, but the game could have easily ended in a disappointing home draw had it not been for his late goal. Even though the Frenchman had a given the home team the lead after just 28 minutes,Rostov made it clear that they will not be going down easily. Azmoun came up with an equaliser just after two minutes and the game was evenly poised at the second half. Atletico, though, came up with a valiant effort in the second half which ultimately gave them the deserved goal right at the end of the match.
Atletico Madrid striker said that he wants to be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
He has stated that he wants to work hard in order to improve as a player. He has admitted that he was disappointed with the way last season ended and that he wants to make sure that this one ends up in better ways for him.
Indeed, Atletico Madrid was beaten in the Champions League final last season and Antoine Griezmann said that he was disappointed with the way the final ended. He stated that the team played well throughout the competition and that it was a massive disappointment for them to have been beaten by their bitter rivals. The Atletico Madrid forward said that the team is ready for the new season and that they hope to replicate the same performance as last year.
While the managers have all the rights to be into the ears of the higher authority of the club and to make pressures regarding any certain signing they seek, they must not make it a compulsory condition to be fulfilled by the club.
It’s sort of unprofessionalism because the signings are not only about cash, but, about the stand of the seller club as well, if they are even ready to do away with someone you want? They might have their own problems not allowing them to consider the sale of the player.
What we are hearing about Diego Simeone is that he has almost given an ultimatum to Atletico Madrid regarding his favourite player Costa. It’s either the entry of the Spaniard or the exit of the boss.
He is not ready to entertain any other names which might be the possible choices for the frontline or which Atletico might buy him.
This stubbornness on the part of coach is very unpleasant. One can’t quite comprehend such compulsion. Read More
Fans are convinced of the winning spirit of Atletico Madrid.
This is a team that has been in action and the players are up and about to winning the matches. Those who have been following the proceeds of the team, they have known that there was much literal debate and metaphorical dialogues exchanged about Diego Simeone. The team was finally not selected for La Liga. The team did not win in the game against Levante which was the only remaining game. This defeat has led to imbalances being corrected with Real Madrid is the team to catch up to Barcelona in terms of points. Spain is again maintaining duopoly position with having its presence in the first two positions.
The story of Atletico Madrid remains to be told. The team was yet to catch up to the two teams of Spain. Diego Simeone is in charge of the team, has had to struggle with a limited budget as well as limited access to players unlike teams like Real Madrid. Hence, when a team is playing under such circumstances, if they have come close to winning that would be a wonderful feat. Read More
Atletico Madrid will again be playing in Barcelona this weekend after their defeat the Camp Nou in the Champions League. However, this time, they will be at Cornella-El Prat and might find the opposition a bit easier to handle.
Atletico Madrid, who still has hopes to clinch the Spanish title, will also want to prepare their return match in the Champions League. Atletico Madrid’s manager may have some hard time in finding the right balance in resting key players and fielding a strong team to beat Espanyol.
Atletico Madrid won the reverse fixture at home 1-0 thanks to a Griezmann goal and would want a repeat of this performance. This will be a great way to recover from the defeat at the Nou Camp and prepare their next game.
On the injury front, Atletico Madrid will be without Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez, who are both injured for the game. Oliver Torres is also out of the squad because of injury. Read More
During the 2014-15 season of the Premier League, Emmanuel Adebayor made a total of 8 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and it seems like the Togolese striker will have even less playing time on the pitch than before.
There is no place left for Adebayor neither in Tottenham Hotspur or with his country Togo after the coach of the national team decided to ban Adebayor from playing with Togo for as long as he remains in charge of the national squad.
Emmanuel Adebayor is a player who has always struggled with discipline and behaviour. The Togolese forward was dropped out of Togo back in 2006 due to his attitude and things of that nature and the cycle is repeating itself but only this time, its far worse.
Tom Saintfiet is the manager of the Togolese national squad and he had selected Adebayor to play and represent Togo when they faced off with Djouti back in September 4 of the current year but Adebayor decided to simply not go at all. He didn’t contact Tom Saintfiet to tell him about this decision, the player simply did not go didn’t tell anyone about this decision.
“For me, it is clear that it is a player who does not want to play for his country anymore and he does not want his country to be qualified for the next African Cup of Nations. He has agreed to play against Liberia, and not against Djibouti. For me, it is not the duty of a player to decide against which opponent he will play.” The national coach of Togo, Tom Saintfiet said as he voiced his frustration in relation to Adebayor’s actions and decisions. Read More
John Carver was initially selected as the man to replace Alan Pardew at the managerial role of Newcastle United back in January of the current year as he signed a contract which expired at the end of the season.
The coaching career of John Carver kicked off in a superb form as Newcastle United claimed a 3-0 triumph over Hull City in what was the very first match of John Carver as the manager of Newcastle United.
Things began to fall apart from there on as the club failed to secure a victory until a month later when they faced off with Aston Villa which resulted in a 1-0 triumph for Newcastle United but it took them on month to win 1 league match.
It got even worse later on for John Carver as he was unable to push his team to a victory until the last match of the entire season which was played on May 24 with Newcastle United defeating West Ham United.
From February 28 to May 24, Newcastle United played a total of 11 Premier League matches and only one of those concluded in a triumph for the team of John Carver. Read More
Athletic Madrid concluded the previous season at the 3rd spot of the Spanish League with a total of 78 points. The team of Diego Simeone managed to score 67 goals in 38 matches which is almost half of what Real Madrid and Barcelona scored.
The main attacking figures of Athletic Madrid are Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann with both of them scoring a combined total of 34 goals for the Spanish club in their campaign.
Diego Simeone however, wants to increase his attacking options and this is why one of the priorities of the Argentinean coach is to reinforce the offensive department of his squad.
Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain are some of the top summer targets of Diego Simeone but Higuain might just be out of reach as he is rumored to be on the way of joining Arsenal.
Carlos Tevez on the other hand is a much more accessible player to sign as the Argentine attacker is reaching the last few stages of his contract with Juventus and the Italian club is willing to sell him if the price is right. Read More
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