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Atlético don't actually struggle much at El Molinón. We hadn't lost a game there until March 14, 1993 before Perea-Raúl García gifted the Gijón-fans a win.

This'll be Atlético's sixth away game (we have only played two at home..) since the arrival of Diego Simeone. The boys have already gone on to win three of those even though it clearly should've been three points last weekend as well. Interesting game from quite a few angles; first time for Simeone, Burgos and everyone else that they're handling two games in a week. That's why it was so important to score the third goal that killed off Lazio on Thursday, the key players got themselves 20 minutes less on the pitch on Olimpico which can only bode well for next week, an intensive week on top of everything. The game against Sporting is also interesting because they'll be playing a side who just got themselves a new coach. Javier Clemente will most likely be playing a very defensive minded 4-2-3-1-system and they've already lost Nacho Novo to another club. Sporting's season is all but good; they really struggle with the balance and defensively, might be their time to get relegated this time around. Few players have shown up properly, interestingly it's actually a former Atlético-goalkeeper who's done well; Pichu Cuéllar. One can say that David Barral is doing allright too, seven goals in a team that's scored 20 as a total is good, his situation reminds me a lot about Adrián at Deportivo last year.

Convocados: Courtois, Asenjo; Domínguez, Filipe, Godín, Miranda, Perea, Sìlvio, Juanfran; Arda, Assunçao, Diego, Gabi, Koke, Mario, Salvio; Pizzi, Adrián, Falcao

Courtois will definitely continue in goal despite his misstake in Rome, as long as he minimizes those, it'll be all fine. Forgot to mention btw, major props to Cholo for calming down Thibaut right after Klose's goal. Juanfran should start at right-back but Simeone's got a chance to integrate Sílvio with the win over Lazio and thus give Juanfran a bit of rest. I expect Miranda-Godín to be the central partnership. As for Filipe, could be a good idea to rest him because he's on four bookings and might miss FCB next weekend. Sílvio's an accomplished left-back and can play there as well. I suppose we'll see Mario-Gabi in the centre of midfield after their showing in Rome, both were absolutely great. Tiago is injured, so he might be back for either the return leg against Lazio or FCB. Adrián should continue playing, same goes for Diego, both got their rest after they had done the job on Lazio. Question mark regarding Arda though, he got a knock in training today but still made the squad. It's either him or Koke on the left. Falcao, naturally, upfront, another player in danger of losing the FCB-game (would be the second time this season btw..) if he gets a booking. Curiously, he's been booked four times since the arrival of Simeone, not a single one under Manzano's reign.
 

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Courtois
Juanfran - Miranda - Godín - Filipe Luís
Mario - Gabi
Adrian - Diego - Koke
Falcao

Arda is injured so he's not available tonight and might not be playing in the return leg against Lazio as well as FCB on Vicente Calerón next weekend. This is the same eleven as Thursday, so hopefully the players won't have issues with the freshness.

Clemente will start the following players:

Juan Pablo;Orfila-Botía-Gregory-Canella; Carmelo-Eguren-André Castro-De las Cuevas; Colunga Barral
 

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Atlético's played quite well so far. Falcao obviously should've scored but ended up missing yet another great chance after Koke played him through with a perfect ball over the Sporting-defence after a few minutes. Godín missed a completely open goal on the following corner after Juan Pablo completely missjudged Diego' corner kick from the left. Sporting's had one proper chance apart from the one where Eguren scored; a header from a set-piece from Grégory that went just wide of the goal. That's an area we have to adjust things because they've been getting too many half chances from those situations. That ball should've been cleared by Godín who couldn't quite get around a Sporting-player, Eguren took the lucky break and scored. Our goal was also lucky; great interplay between Falcao-Adrián before the latter broke through on the right where Orfila is playing tonight, he finished terribly bad but Carmelo ran onto the ball and scored an own goal.

Apart from that, we've also had two more chances; one where Juan Pablo went out and completely missed a clearance infront of Adrián who couldn't get a shot on goal as he was turned onto the wrong side. Then the terrifick attack which ended with Diego shooting straight at Juan Pablo who redeemed himself for the previous misstake. Juanfran's cross perfectly put into the box after Adrián jumped over the ball and fooled the whole Sporting-defence. I'm a bit worried we'll be tired towards the end here because Sporting haven't played a game in mid week. Let's see. We have to take our chances though, otherwise we'll end up with the same or worse outcome as last weekend and that's nothing we need now considering the results are going our way.
 

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Falcao is costing us the points again here. He has to put away those chances, it's why we bought him. Frustrating to create chances but not being able to put them away. We could've easily have lost as well if Courtois didn't make a huge save towards the end when Godín and Miranda lost a bit of concentration. Gabi was massive tonight, again, he's driving the team on and doing a very good job currently. Juanfran is also playing the football of his life currently, this is even better than his best periods at Osasuna, plus he only got caught out once or twice when we were chasing the win here. I'm worried about Diego's injury. He'll be a huge miss if he's out for a longer period of time, him limping off with a injury will definitely cost us. We've picked up quite a few injuries in the last couple of days, first Arda and now Diego. Arda might miss out on both next week's games while we'll have to wait and see with Diego, one thing is for sure, doesn't look good going in against FCB.

On a positive note; Godín, Falcao and Filipe Luís didn't pick up a booking, so they're all available next weekend.
 

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New manager effect for Sporting but nevertheless we should have got some of those chances see the back of the goal.

And why Silvio still not getting any playtime is quite surprising.
 

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we should won this if ****ing falcao puts the chances in, he misses alot this ****er.
 

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Diego out for a month with ruptured right quadriceps. He will miss some very important games.
 
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