Atlético Madrid Analysis

La Liga's Big Three Enter Season In Varying Degrees Of Chaos

by Colin McGowan

Jul 27, 2021 5:48 PM

Real Madrid have some healing to do, Barcelona are hard up for cash, and Atleti simply need to prep for the season. Read more »

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid

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Poets, Heavy Metal & Suffering: The Journey To Find A Different Way

by Yu Miyagawa

Jul 9, 2021 3:51 PM

There is always a search for a new way, new ideas to reconcile Platonic playing ideals with the pragmatism of an everyday budget. The compromise leads to a larger discussion of what football actually means. Read more »

Tags: Atlético Madrid, RB Leipzig, IQ

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La Liga Ain't What It Used To Be

by Colin McGowan

May 24, 2021 4:52 PM

As ever, Real Madrid and Barcelona will decide which direction this whole enterprise goes. And Atleti will have their days, knowing that they don't run the show but do occasionally get to star in it. Read more »

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid

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Future Fans, Legacy Supporters, An Eventual Return To The Status Quo

by Yu Miyagawa

In an age of hyperbole, we immediately recognized the significance of the potential Super League. But the day of truth was still surreal even considering the years of rumors that prepared our reactions for when theory turned reality. Read more »
The Super League Died But They're Not Through Tearing Things Down

by Colin McGowan

The richest clubs in Europe were ready to detonate the sport as we know it: bleaching identities, cheapening domestic leagues, starving a great many clubs that are rich in history if not in funds. Read more »
Spain & Luis Enrique Turn To New Pipelines During La Liga's Struggles

by Yu Miyagawa

In examining the relationship between a domestic league and its national team, you could even argue an inverse strength with exported players able to bring back different experiences to international play. Read more »
Halfway To 100 Points: Luis Suarez Pushes Diego Simeone Forward

by Yu Miyagawa

We all got what we wanted. Analysts were proven right that Diego Simeone needed to update his style, while Simeone could argue that he's never been able to work with a striker like Luis Suarez. With Atleti topping the table, we'll agree to split the difference. Read more »
Atleti Are Approaching A Kind Of Anti-Realization

by Colin McGowan

Diego Simeone is a smart guy, but intensely stubborn, and he hasn't considered the inverse of his formulation: players dictate styles, but styles also dictate players. Read more »
Stasis & Opulence: La Liga's Identity Remains In Flux

by Yu Miyagawa

What becomes of an identity if it is no longer true? We could find out this season as the state of La Liga's two superpowers has opened up a space for a host of other clubs. Read more »
Pique, Penalty Conspiracies & Building Narratives In The VAR Age

by Yu Miyagawa

Wouldn't we rather blame important losses on referee bias? Which side a supporter empathizes with becomes a footballing Rorschach test of how the world works, whether the smaller club always falling short, or the champion pulling every string to victory. Read more »
Diego Simeone, Marcos Llorente, And The Search For Another Griezmann

by Yu Miyagawa

In uncovering and refining Marcos Llorente's match-winning ability in the final third seemingly out of thin air, Diego Simeone attempted to remind critics that he too had an eye for attacking talent despite his defensive reputation. Read more »
32 Straight Days: La Liga Reinforces Its Structure To Finish Season

by Yu Miyagawa

Regardless of whether there are 32 straight days of matches in empty stadiums, or the slow drip of a season played out over nine months, the fundamental truths remain, of how clubs with the most resources somehow always find their way to the top. Read more »
Atleti Beating Liverpool Defies Expectation, Explanation

by Colin McGowan

Liverpool were doing what they needed to do to come out on top. Dominating possession, driving Atleti into their own box, pulling even before halftime, working Jan Oblak, finally breaking through early in extra time. It was all very intelligible. Read more »
Atleti's Capacity To Beat Liverpool Remains Largely Theoretical

by Colin McGowan

In what was either a doubling or a tripling back on what they actually are versus what most people believe them to be, Atleti were impenetrable and opportunistic on Tuesday against Liverpool. Read more »
Will Diego Simeone Ever Leave Atletico Madrid?

by Yu Miyagawa

Those demanding Diego Simeone leave Atleti must be careful. It's not just the role that must be replaced, but also the meaning. Read more »
Balancing Stardom, Parity And La Liga's Global Vision

by Yu Miyagawa

Going hand in hand with a lack of high-end superstar power, an equally symbolic number as Real Madrid's attendance is 73: the projected point total of this year's La Liga champion. Read more »
La Liga Match Abstract: Real Madrid 0, Atletico Madrid 0

by Yu Miyagawa

We don't necessarily ascribe defending to Real Madrid, but it looks like Zinedine Zidane went back to basics after an early season spent on the hot seat. Read more »
Joao Felix And The Promise Of Another New Atletico Madrid

by Yu Miyagawa

If you replace the original players of the Diego Simeone era with new players that have similar qualities as the players they are replacing, will it be the same Atleti as before? Read more »
Dissecting How Diego Simeone's Atleti Project Stalled

by Colin McGowan

The reality is Diego Simeone's past few years at Atleti have revealed a certain cowardice within, an unwillingness to fail on unfamiliar terms and a comfort with losing so long as he's gone down using trusty methods. Read more »
Valverde, Simeone And The Search For Continuity In La Liga

by Yu Miyagawa

How can two teams searching for continuity feel so different? Even with Ernesto Valverde more successful from a trophy standpoint last season, his signing feels like an existential acceptance that Messi must carry the team. Read more »

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