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all set for Atleti!

April 11, 2012
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Madrid did things a bit differently ahead of tonight’s derbi against Atleti (22h): no list of players called up for the game was released, the last training session was held on the morning of the game (and all of the ones this week have been closed to the press) and the players weren’t required to spend Tuesday night at the team hotel.  That’s why this is going to be a short post…

In addition, Aitor Karanka spoke to the press, instead of José Mourinho, but that’s not so different anymore, no?  That’s why I don’t get why some media outlets keep count of what number press conference it is for Aitor (for the record, he’s at 43).  The good news is that the entire team is healthy and available to play, and presumably all of them took part in the last few sessions.

As for the press conference, Aitor Karanka sent a message to all the journalists and fans: “I would say that if you look at how this team, these players work, you would say that there’s no inquietude, no anxiety [Emilio Butragueño had said the team was a bit anxious after the Valencia game].  We’re completely tranquil, and we’re going to continue like that until the end… I don’t know where there is any anxiety.  For 10 months, we’ve been telling the players what they have to do, we have complete confidence in our players and the numbers are there.  We have no doubts about the work that our players are putting in.”

Some statistics and facts from Mister Chip, with regards to this upcoming game, where Madrid has seven straight victories in official games, an absolute winning record in games played on a weekday, and a 37-point gap in the standings with Atleti, the biggest ever.

on weekdays: Madrid has won all the Liga derbies played on weekdays, which totals five (one on Wednesday and four on a Thursday).  Madrid has scored 11 goals and Atleti just one in these games.

leader in the autonomous community: Madrid has won its last 15 derbies against teams based in Madrid (seven against Getafe, six against Atleti and two against Rayo), after tying Atleti 1-1 on March 7, 2009.

118 vs. 68: Madrid’s players have participated in 118 derbies, compared to 68 for Atleti.  Eleven of Madrid’s players have scored on Atleti, while only Adrián knows what it’s like to beat Iker.

biggest difference: Atleti and Madrid are separated by 37 points in the table, the largest distance ever.  The previous record was 34 points, from the 2009-10 season.

leaders in the Calderón: four of the last five Liga leaders who visited the Calderón have left empty handed, with Atleti beating Barça twice and Sevilla once, and tying Barça once.  The only leader that has defeated Atleti when the latter is playing at home in the last nine years is Madrid, on Jan. 20, 2008.

seven straight wins: Madrid has won seven straight games against Atlético (five in the Liga and two in the Copa).  The record is eight straight wins, which was set between 1952-1955 and 1994-1997.  Madrid can equal that record tonight.

third longest streak: Madrid has scored against Atleti in the last 15 derbies; the last time they didn’t score was a 0-0 game on May 21, 2005.  This is the third best streak in the history of the match-up, and seven less than the record of 22, set between 1926 and 1932.

seven months without losing: Madrid has not lost an away game since Sept. 18, 2011 (against Levante).  From that point on, they’ve racked up 20 consecutive games in which they haven’t lost as the visiting team, beating 1997’s 19-game streak.

298 goals with Mou: Mourinho’s Madrid has already scored 298 goals in 109 games.  Carvalho scored the first one, Cristiano the 50th, Benzema number 100, Xabi Alonso the 150th, Benzema number 200 and Callejón number 250.

And the club has announced who Rafa Nadal’s rival will be on July 14, when he plays a charity tennis match at the Bernabéu.  It will be Novak Djokovic, and the match will benefit the Realmadrid Foundation and the Rafa Nadal Foundation to help them with their education and social integration programs.

Let’s go Madrid!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2012 18:16

    HALA MADRID!

    Thanks for this Una. You’re the best! 🙂

  2. black widow permalink
    April 11, 2012 20:45

    hala madrid! let’s go, boys. we really, REALLY need a win, if for no other reason than to bolster spirits and shut up our critics!

  3. Yojo permalink
    April 13, 2012 03:55

    I was quite nervous watching this match and so relieved afterwards. Una, I’m wondering: I know you love Iker a lot. But I read a news article that reported he had conceded Real Madrid could very well lose the title to Barcelona. I was wondering what you’d think about that if it were true.
    I guess what I’m trying to say is, when everyone else in the team is getting more nervous as we are losing points, and you hear some players or coaches saying we need to keep going, keep fighting and such, why would Iker go the other direction and be a Debbie Downer? As the team captain, he should be the source of inspiration to tell his team to keep fighting.
    By the way, if you’ve got an FB account, I’d like to be your fan.
    Thanks.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      April 13, 2012 17:23

      I think he’s just being realistic, and I see no problems with that. He’s not saying it’s going to happen, he’s just saying it’s a possibility. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t mean that he’s going to give up fighting to win the Liga.

      And no, no FB account!

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