Jose Seguí, one of the agents from IMG that represents Agüero, said yesterday in Calciomercato.it that Agüero just wants to stay in Atletico. Agüero has been linked to some of the most powerful teams in Europe, as his €36 million buy out clause doesn’t seem like a big obstacle for teams like Chelsea, Man United, Inter Milan, FC Barcelona or Real Madrid. However, Kun has shown once again that his intention is to play for Atletico another year.
Atletico Madrid fans are tired of seeing how different managers pick one player that is loved by the crowd until those players end outside the club. The case is even more ridiculous when we see those managers kicked out within months afterwards.
Radomir Antic picked on Simeone until El Cholo left to Lazio. Then Manzano didn’t rest until Movilla had to go to Zaragoza. Now it seems that Abel, a manager respected by the fans, seems to have decided that Maxi Rodriguez, a proud captain of Altetico Madrid since el Niño Torres left, has to leave the club.
The club even seems to have decided who will replace the Argentinean. Lafita from Zaragoza is the chosen one. It’s been reported in the media that Garcia Pitarch met the Real Zaragoza board last Thursday in order to advance in the negotiations. Lafita seems to us a good player, but it became been very clear last season that the squad is short, so it doesn’t make sense for us to get rid of a good player to buy another one with less merits than Maxi Rodriguez.
Sergio Aguero offered a stunning performance on his return to the Atletico Madrid ranks on Saturday with both goals in a victory over Real Mallorca. The team missed him in the previous games but it seemed the right decision to leave him on the bench due to fitness concerns.
His scored the opener in the 12th minute when he coolly lobbed the ball over Mallorca goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya after latching onto a headed pass from strike partner Diego Forlan. Later in the 28th minute, Antonio Lopez gave a quality pass to the inside of the area where Forlan’s hopelessly mis-cued effort found Aguero at the far post, giving the young Argentinian an easy tap-in.
Atletico deserved to be in front at half-time, but Mallorca reacted in the second time. First Aduriz could consider himself unlucky after his acrobatic effort smashed against the Atletico crossbar. Later on, Leo Franco did a brilliant one-handed to a Webo’s great opportunity just 5 yards from the goal line.
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October has been a painful month for Atletico de Madrid After a very promising opening with valuable wins against Shalke 04, Málaga and Recreativo Atletico had to show if they were at the level of the best teams of La Liga. The result has been rather disappointing. The defeat at home with Sevilla (0-1) opening a horrible month for Los Colchoneros, with an embarrassing 6-1 defeat against FC Barcelona and a 1-2 against Real Madrid. But the draws against Liverpool at Calderón and the 4-4 at Villarreal opened a bit of a hope in the club.
Atletico de Madrid captain Maxi Rodriguez knows that against Mallorca this evening they need all three points.
“We have already played our direct rivals and now we must win,” he said, “We must not drop any more points, we must concentrate and perform in this game which will be a difficult match.”
The Atletico Madrid tickets sale for this game showed that the fans are willing to give another chance to the team, hoping that November will start with the right foot.
Atletico de Madrid’s two-match home stadium ban for Champions League games has been reduced to one match played behind closed doors following an appeal, UEFA said in a statement yesterday.
Los Rojiblancos had originally been ordered to play their next two European fixtures at least 300km outside Madrid, with a home stadium ban for a third game if there was further trouble.
Atletico were punished after crowd problems marred their Champions League home match with Olympique Marseille on Oct 1st after the savage French destroyed the seats of the stadium and attacked the police.
The appeals body said Atletico would now have to play their next Group D home Champions League game, against PSV Eindhoven on Nov. 26, without any spectators.
A further match behind closed doors will be imposed for any further incidents that take place in the next two years.
The original sanctions were handed down following crowd trouble during their 2-1 win over Marseille, including alleged racist chanting by the Madrid fans.
I attended that game in Vicente Calderón Stadium and I still can’t believe that, first, UEFA are judging the actions of the Spanish Police Body, it’s just unbelievable. Regarding the racist chanting, is it our fault that they can’t distinguish between Uh uh uh uh uh and Kun Kun Kun Kun? I don’t think so.
The appeals body upheld the two-match ban on Atletico coach Javier Aguirre, who was accused of insulting a Marseille player.
The original fine of €150,000 against the club will also stand.
Obviously Atletico will appleal the Court of Arbitration for Sport to claim justice.
Here is a very self explanatory video of how the Marseille fans behaved in El Calderón:
Atlético de Madrid have traveled to Lyon to defend today their appeal against the UEFA’s ground ban following incidents at a Champions League game. UEFA ordered Atletico to play their next two European games at a stadium at least 300 kilometres (200 miles) from Madrid as punishment for allegued crowd disturbances and racist insults against Marseille players during the October 1 match.
Atletico are showing videos taken by the Spanish police showing that the Marseille fans started the disturbances by ripping off seats and throwing them to the police. They’re also showing the referee act where they don’t reflect any racist insult.
From Atletico de Madrid Fans we firmly believe that is nothing but a personal vendetta from Platini after their countrymen are being the embarrassment of the Champions League, last in the group with zero points.
Atlético Madrid achieved a comfortable victory to take back to the Vicente Calderón after they beat Orihuela 0-1 on Wednesday night.
As expected, the quality of Los Rojiblancos overcame Orihuela’s push and Diego Forlán scored the only goal of the game just before half-time as he picked up on a fine pass by Antonio López to slot home from close distance. Atlético are now firmly in a good position to prepare the return leg in two weeks time whilst Orihuela will have to a lot better in the capital if they are to win this tie.
This way, Atlético are in a better situation than other teams of Spanish Primera, like Real Madrid, Villarreal and Sevilla, which lost against 2ªB rivals.
Orihuela: Alberto, Kili, Benja, Iker, Andrés, Inarejos, Pereira, Juanjo Martínez, Santi Villa, Ibán Espadas, Esparza
Atlético Madrid: Leo Franco, Pernía, Pablo, Perea, Antonio López, Raúl García, Camacho, Luís García, Miguel de las Cuevas (`60 Banega), Forlán, Sinama-Pongolle