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Champions League Semi-Final First Leg: 5 Takeaways from Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid

Ronaldo and co. beat the living daylight out of Atletico Madrid here 5 things that we learned.

1. This game is O.V.E.R!

JuanfranBefore we go too far let’s start off by saying this game is over. O.V.E.R. Atletico Madrid isn’t coming back from a 3-0 deficit. NO WAY JOSE. Simeone’s team are very good defensively (um well they are supposed to be) but aren’t so prolific in their attack. They just don’t have enough goals in them plus Ronaldo and those other 10 guys score goals for fun. The idiom that goes ‘It’s not over till it’s over’ should have been ‘it isn’t over till your team concedes 3 goals away from home’

2. Real Madrid owns Atletico in the champions league.

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Just like me in my grade 12 end of the year geometry exam, Atletico Madrid didn’t have the answers to Real Madrid last night, for a matter of fact they never have the answer for Madrid in the champions league, ever. Madrid beat them in the final in 2014 and 2016 and knocked them out at the quarter-final stage in 2015. Watching them play is like watching a Rocky movie, you know the underdog versus the favorite, except in these movies Rocky would always lose. The crazy thing about that is Atleti has only lost to Real Madrid once since 2013 in La Liga.

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Monday Football Ramblings – 18 April 2016

The Race for the Barclays Premier League Title: Leicester City drop valuable points with Tottenham still to play.

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Leicester City dropped points against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon. This was a topsy-turvy match that saw some bad decisions from the referee, who sent Jamie Vardy off after a second bookable (by his standards) offense.

Should Tottenham win their match away to Stoke tonight they will only be five points behind Leicester with four games to play.

Scrap for the Top Four places: Manchester United relegates Aston Villa (good riddance), Manchester City show why they are in the semi-finals in Europe, and Arsenal keep looking over their shoulder

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In another one of those Van Gaal type matches (i.e. boring as hell), Manchester United booted poor ol’Aston Villa out the Premier League with that 1 goal to nil result.

Manchester City made light work of a struggling Chelsea. A lot of graft is going to need to be done by Antonio Conte if he wants to do anything substantial with this Chelsea squad.

They are slow at the back, their midfield and attack don’t exist, and their keeper is awful.

Like Mike N The Mechanics, Arsenal keeps looking over their shoulder because Manchester United are right behind them.

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Champions league Semi-Final Draw: Manchester City v Real Madrid & Atlético Madrid v Bayern Munich

With only 2 games remaining for the prospective UEFA Champions League Finalists I guess this is the period football managers call ‘squeaky bum time’.

The Champions League’s official Twitter feed confirmed the schedule for the last four:

 

Manchester City v Real Madrid

CR7 returns to Manchester

Manchester City is in uncharted territory because this is their first time in a Champions League Semi-Final. The Spanish Media have also noticed that Real Madrid has been playing, what you could call, weaker teams in their knockout stages. Basically, having favourable draws, namely, Roma who is good but is playing in a very weak Italian Seria A, VFL Wolfsburg who are a bad team who had one good game in the first leg, and now Manchester City who are fourth in a league led by (1) Leicester City F.C., (2) Tottenham Hotspur F.C., and (3) Arsenal F.C (no offense to any of those teams) (except Arsenal)

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Monday Football Ramblings – 11 April 2016 – Leicester City Keep Rolling, Arsenal Draw in a Classic, Barcelona faulter, and Good ol’ Gary Wins!

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The Race for the Barclays Premier League Title: The Leicester Citys freight train keeps moving while the Tottenham Hotspur steam locomotive stay right behind them.

This weekend saw the end of any title hopes for the Arsenal who drew against West Ham United (we’ll get to that later)

In a tricky match against a relegation threatened Sunderland it took Leicester City 66 minutes to open the scoring. In the 90th minute, Jamie Vardy capped off his brace when waltzed around the Sunderland keeper to net the ball home.

Sunderland 0-2. Leicester City

That win meant the chasing Tottenham Hotspur, who were playing later on that day, had to produce the goods against Manchester United, a team they have only beaten once in 14 years.

So you could say they odds were stacked against them.

But, this is Louis van Gaal Manchester United we are talking about.

It took some time for Spurs to open that stubborn United defense but once they did the floodgates of heaven opened. Not only did they beat – excuse my French- they crap out of a pathetic Manchester United but they did it with some dabbin’ too. (look up the word up in the urban dictionary, please)

Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 0. Manchester United

Like my favourite chunky RnB singer Adele once said in a song

This Barclays Premier League race “it isn’t over.”

Scrap for the Top 4 places: West Ham United and Arsenal drew in a 6 goal classic, Manchester United get a hiding,  and City comes from behind to beat West Brom

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Same old s**t, just a different day for the Gunners. I feel I have to say that again, It’s the same old SHIT, just a different day. They are out of the championship race and now are only looking to secure a champions league spot.

Let’s say (type) it all together now we want #wengerout

Arsenal and West Ham United gave us one of the games of the season.

It went a bit like this;

M. Ozil scores 1-0

A. Sanchez scores 2-0

West Ham United are worried now…

Before halftime, a cross comes in Andy Carroll (does what Andy Carrol does) scores with his head, 1-2

On the stroke of halftime Andy Carroll, this time, a bicycle kick scores again! 2-2

7 minutes after halftime Andy Carroll scores a hattrick!!! 3-2

Wenger is about to have a stroke or a cerebral hemorrhage…

Dimitri Payet does Dimitri Payet things, making other footballers look inferior 

70th minute L. Koscielny equalises 3-3!

This game is crazy!

Back and forth till the 90th minute.

phew! let me catch my breath…

Everytime Louis van Gaal seems like he is coming right, he goes and does something like this.

Manchester United do not lose to Tottenham Hotspur, but he did, 3-0.

Did I mention that LvG decided to play Jesse Lingard (a player I hate by the way) at number 10 and played Juan Mata,  a number 10, out on the wing.

Oh did I mention he took off Rashford (fair enough, he may have been struggling) for Ashley Young, a player who hasn’t played in months and DECIDED TO PLAY HIM (A WINGER) AT CENTRE FORWARD WITH ANTHONY MARTIAL ON THE PITCH!

And oh yeah before I forget did I mention how much I hate Louis van Gaal?

Manchester City did what they had to do against West Bromwich Albion and it seems more than likely that they will clinch that 4th spot.

Survivor: Relegation Edition:  Norwich City, Newcastle, Sunderland, and Aston Villa all lose

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All four of the bottom four lost this weekend.

As things stand, there seems like there is only one spot up for grabs. Aston Villa is already relegated so Sam’s Sunderland, Rafa’s Newcastle, and the guy who isn’t popular enough for me to remember his name’s Norwich have it all to fight for.

The La Liga Wars – Episode 32: Barcelona fails to win against Real Sociedad at home, again. Sociedad aren’t a hoodoo they are more of a voodoo team, Real smash Eibar and Atlético Madrid take care of Espanyol

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Just when you thought La Liga was all over.

Ronaldo and Madrid flatten an Eibar side who weren’t up for it and Atlético also show us how coming back from a deficit is done.

Barcelona, on the other hand,  lost their second game in a row at Sociedad which makes them only 3 points behind Atletico and only 4 points behind Madrid with 6 games to play.

Real Sociedad shut down the spaces through the middle and let them have it on the wings. Barcelona didn’t do much with the ball that they did have. Messi hardly had a kick of the ball.

Was this the tactical genius of another coach who isn’t popular enough for me to remember his name or is Barcelona just tired.

They look knackered. The number of competitive games that they are playing is taking a toll on their small squad.

The Adventures of Gary Neville in Spain: Hey everybody, great news! Gary Neville won a game of football in Spain!

With this last minutes goal

 

Article by: Thabang Kgeledi @Chiz_ZoBoSportz

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