Quarterfinal in CdR. First leg is played on Santiago Bernabéu
January 13, 2011 @ 22:00
El Derbi Madrileño, a derby Atlético haven't won since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's days at the club. There have been 19 games played between these two since Atléti won on 30 October, 1999 and we've only managed to get six draws, the rest have been losses. Atlético have had 13 coaches who've failed to win a derby against Madrid, home and away. The teams have been mediocre, played over and under their capacities, there have been clowns like Daudén Ibañez who's robbed us, we have outplayed them as well as they have outplayed us..but Atlético haven't won a derby in 19 attempts.
4093 days have passed since Atlético last won a game, it happened on a cold October-night and it happened on Santiago Bernabéu. Mourinho, meanwhile, haven't lost a game at home since the 23 February, 2002. His unbeaten record is currently on 145 games, time to end it
Atlético got a lesson in fast, direct and effective football from Hércules, for free. They had six shots in the first half and four of them ended up going into the back of De Gea's net, we meanwhile, fired off 22 shots in the game and scored one goal. Effectivity is absolutely vital at this level and we never seem to learn anything from our past experiences, especially this season. If Aris and Espanyol weren't good enough examples, then surely Hércules is..
Forlán comes back from his injury. Quique though, seems to be repeating his misstakes. Raúl García will most likely play as a right-winger :wallbang: and we'll stick with a 4-4-2 again. Rubbish coaching if true..but I'll give him a chance until I see the starting line-up, one hour before the game starts.