MONTHLY REPORT: AUGUST 2014
After a hectic summer, Conte looks to finally have settled properly in his new club, Atlético. He has already experienced ups and downs with the team, and they can go anywhere from now. Although everyone know Real Madrid and Barcelona are still the top, top clubs in Spain, the board and the fans will obviously have some expectations from the team. They won the league and made the Champions League final last year, so Conte will have a hard time making them entirely pleased.
Here are this month’s competitive games:
ATLÉTICO MADRID 3-1 LEVANTE 17/8/2014 (LIGA BBVA)
REAL MADRID 0-0 ATLÉTICO MADRID 21/8/2014 (SUPER CUP)
RAYO VALLECANO 0-2 ATLÉTICO MADRID 24/8/2014 (LIGA BBVA)
ATLÉTICO MADRID 0-2 REAL MADRID 27/8/2014 (SUPER CUP)
BARCELONA 6-1 ATLÉTICO MADRID 31/8/2014 (LIGA BBVA)
As you can see, a month of both ups and downs. We won two important league games against teams you could expect us to win against, but it feels good anyways to have those three-pointers in the pocket. And then the Super Cup final loss which doesn’t mean too much. Actually it has shown that Real Madrid isn’t all that cause I could’ve beaten them, just messed up my team talk. The Barcelona humiliation was unavoidable, just wasn’t good enough. Tired players against Barcelona without a completely done match plan is never going to work…
Here is the table in Liga BBVA after three games:
Six points after three games isn’t too shabby considering you’ve probably already met the best team in the league. Only worry is our goal difference on -1, who knows how important that can be. We’re already 15 goals behind Barcelona, and 8 behind Real Madrid. Anyways, it’s only just started; we’ll manage to get up there. At the end of the day, it’s all about the points, not the goal difference.
Here are some player stats from the league:
TRANSFER SUMMARY 2014
Although there has been a lot of transfer activity with Conte in the manager seat, the Rojiblancos also did some business before that. As they have done many summers now, they yet again lost two key players as Diego Costa and Filipe Luis wanted their Chelsea move. You know what they say; if you can’t beat ‘em, buy ‘em.
Here’s the transfer activity done by Conte after Simeone’s resignation:
Álvaro Vadillo transfer from Real Betis - £1.9 million
Alessandro Florenzi transfer from Roma - £13 million
Nicusor Stanciu transfer from Steaua - £6.5 million
Maxime Gonalons loan from Lyon, option to buy - £4.5 million
Tiago transfer to Sporting Lisbon - £3 million
Mario Suárez transfer to Internazionale - £12.25 million
Raúl Garcia transfer to West Ham - £8 million
Thomas Partey loan to Osasuna
Borja Martínez loan to Huracán Valencia
Iván Alejo loan to Cacereno
Pedro loan to Córdoba
Lucas loan to Burgos
Angel Correa loan to Palermo
Roberto Núnez loan to At. Baleares
With the addition of £38 million for Diego Costa and £22 million for Filipe Luis, the club has made a healthy profit this summer even though they spent about £20 million for new striker, Mario Mandzukic. The club has a huge dept to pay still and the club’s financial situation isn’t at it’s best. The team may be lacking something from last season, but I don’t think it’s a lot weaker. If the new signings play as expected we could have an excellent season.