ATLÉTICO AND CONTE ENJOY SOLID PRE-SEASON
All cheers and optimism as Atléti shows promising form in pre-season
FREIBURG 4-5 ATLÉTICO MADRID
Siqueira, Miranda, Turan, Mandzukic, Léo
FRANKURT 2-2 ATLÉTICO MADRID
LIVERPOOL 0-3 ATLÉTICO MADRID
Vadillo, Turan, Léo
HELLAS VERONA 1-2 ATLÉTICO MADRID
Antonio Conte's first games as Atléti manager has been mainly positive. Despite conceding seven goals in only four games, the team has managed to score impressive 12 goals. Now, they say winning teams are built from behind, but maybe we can show otherwise? Anyways, we will have to work harder on our defending. Even though we scored a lot of goals, we can't afford to concede as much as we have when the real games starts. This has certainly not been a bad start though. Our play has been promising, and our team looks strong. Very happy with the 3-0 win away against Liverpool. This is just practice though, so hopefully the team can perform even better on the big stage.
As I said earlier, the team looks strong from every angle, but were still looking to bring a new face in. The team has dept in almost every position except for on the wings and maybe center attacking mid. I have faith in our current squad though, and I'm sure we will be able to compete against Real Madrid and Barcelona. Hopefully that's the worst teams we'll face in the league this season.
PLAYER OF THE PRE-SEASON
Mandzukic and Atlético Madrid has so far proven to be a good match
Pre-season might not be that important, but Mario Mandzukic's performances so far has been beyond expectations. He's had an average rating of 8.30, scored two goals and provided 4 assists. Playing him as a deep-lying striker has transformed him into an assister as much as a goal scorer. Despite only having 12 in finishing, his enormous physicality and tactical awareness has helped both him and his teammates scoring 12 goals in only four games. Hopefully he can keep this great form running.
ATLÉTICO SIGNS ROMANIAN PLAYMAKER,
TURAN DEAL OFF
Nicusor Stanciu has signed a 5-year deal with Los Rojiblancos
Atlético Madrid and Antonio Conte are proud to unveil their new signing. Nicusor Stanciu
has signed for the capital club for a sum of £6.5 million, and he has signed a contract linking him to the club for five years. Despite only being 20 years of age, the Romanian playmaker managed to develop into a starting player for his former club Steaua Bucharest
. This looks like the signing that will sort out the dept problems for Atléti on the wings and in the centre attacking midfield position.
Last week there were numerous rumors on Arda Turan
joining Spurs, but he has reportedly turned down the club. The London club bid £26.5 million for the playmaker, a bid that was accepted by the Rojiblancos, but Arda Turan was unwilling to leave, a decision many Atlético fans will be happy with.
More transfer gossip to come as the season starts next week. To be continued.