Atletico Madrid Show Newcastle How To Do It


What  a great Champions League final that was last night in Lisbon, between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in what was the very first time that two clubs from the same city had contested the European final.

gareth bale second goal

Gareth Bale after scoring Real’s second goal

And it looked like Atletico were going to win it for the first time with a goal from Godin in the first half,  but then after all out pressure from Real, the equalized in the 94th minute from a header from a corner from Sergio Ramos, who seems to have a habit of scoring vital goals.

And then with Atletico visibly tiring after a monumental effort, Real Madrid scored three goals in extra time, starting with a good headed goal from Gareth Bale, after he missed three decent chances.

And then Marcello scored and a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo ended the scoring, with the two final goals coming in the last two  minutes and it was never a 4-1 game.

It’s been pointed out that Real have spent $1B on transfers since 2002,  when they last won the Champions League when former Liverpool and England winger Steve McManaman came on as a substitute in that game – a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen – and that was the third Real Madrid win in the previous five Champions League competitions.

Atletico have spent only about $100M or less on transfers, but they have a manager in Diego Simeone, who interestingly enough is the 106 times capped Argentine International, who David  Beckham fouled in the World Cup quarter-final of 1998 in France, to get himself sent off.

But there’s no doubt that Simeone gets the very best out of his players, and he has turned the club around in the last 30 months since signing on at the club he had played the most games for in his great career.

And of course Atletico won the Spanish League this year, and almost won the Champions League last night for the first time.

So we suppose it doesn’t always take big money to create a top side (just most of the time), but if you haven’t got the big money, what you need is a top manager who can get the very best out of his players.

With the poor performances of Newcastle over the last two seasons, that doesn’t seem to be Alan Pardew, but Everton, Southampton  and Liverpool have proved that with new young managers like Roberto Martinez, Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers, you can quickly create a good side who play some exciting football.

That seemed to be Mike Ashley’s opportunity at the end of the season, to bring in a new manager, preferably one who was fairly unknown but would become a top manager on Tyneside, much like when we gave Kevin Keegan his first chance at management back in the early 1990s.

Yes, I’m dreaming again.

But Mike took the conservative approach and kept with Alan Pardew – and probably also kept the mediocrity we have seen from Newcastle in the seven years he has owned the club.

I wouldn’t have been the only Newcastle fan last night thinking of what it would be like if a certain Newcastle United were playing in the European Champions League final – but that will remain a dream for years and years to come – unfortunately.

It will certainly not happen in my lifetime or my children’s lifetime.

And top ten in the Premier League is all we will probably hear from the powers that be at Newcastle, and also that we cannot compete with the top clubs.

How boring  can you get?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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51 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    May 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope it’s in your lifetime Ed but I doubt it will be in mine.

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  • Charlietoon

    May 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    and I’m 34

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  • Thump

    May 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Simeone and exciting football? The bloke is a successful Pardew. Hysteria on the sidelines and after scoring one he shuts up shop and hopes for the best. That’s why Atletico lost yesterday, they shut up shop and let Real have their moment. Some heroic defending, don’t get me wrong, but I’d love to know what was going through Simeone’s mind. I think at one point (around the 70 minute mark, but don’t quote me) he even brought on another defensive player. Go figure.

    That said, you’re right, Ed. He gets a lot out of his players and it was fantastic to see such a strong underdog in the final.

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  • musomag

    May 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Including Premier/Cabaye cash we’ve already received over £100 million this year and we’ll be lucky to see £20 million of that spent in total whilst selling off as many players of (alleged) value that they can. The Ashley regime is a total disgrace, please sell up now Mike and go be businessman of the year somewhere else.

    You’ve slowly destroyed our team and ripped the heart and soul out of the North East. Why you’d even want to remain owner of NUFC week in, week out in complete defiance of our loyal supporters is beyond me…..then the cash arrives and I remember exactly why. The ONLY passion you display is for something you have in abundance here. MONEY.

    Newcastle has been very good for you so why not give us something back? Sell the club to someone who cares enough to invest properly in building a strong team of ‘established, PL proven players’. Someone who cares enough to want to keep them at the club regardless of their rocketing values. Someone who cares what we think. Someone with ambition.

    As things stand we honestly can’t wait to see the back of you. It would lift our spirits so much it would feel like we’ve won the Premier League.

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  • gaz 44

    May 25, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Atletico were unlucky but Diego simi made himself look the turd he Is at the end there

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  • sparky55

    May 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    don’t worry Ed…Ashley will be gone by next summer and things will start to steadily improve thereafter.

    No we won’t ever play in the champions league again but at least we won’t have the shackles mentality we have now and there’s always a chance we can win a domestic cup which I’d be happy about if it happened in my supporting lifetime and I’m 52!

    Yes I know we won the fairs cup in 67 but I wasn’t there and don’t remember it!

    One more year of sh!te and the shackles will be off and Pardew’s horrendous tenure will be a distant memory with his legacy as the worst performing manager in the clubs history forever in the archives for us to look back on in warm fondness…and also in the knowledge he only kept his job because he owed the owner a small fortune in gambling debts.

    It could only happen at newcastle

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  • firebug666

    May 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    My main bug bear is that Newcastle have the money, and facilities to be a really great club again. We have the infrastructure in place to really compete in the league and cups. It’s just that those power that be who are supposedly running the club have no vision, no ambition, and seem to be totally inept in their jobs.

    This club really needs a Managing Director who would crack the whip and get the staff working again. You just get the feeling that in the offices of Newcastle these days the staff are working very hard on important issues like what to have for lunch and who’s turn is it to fill the coffee machine.

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  • HUNTANUFC

    May 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8

    They didn’t show us how to do it! We are not interested in cup competitions apparently :/

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  • Ben3arfa

    May 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Martinez and Kenwright at Everton showed us that you can (almost) make the UCL if you spend wisely on the right players for the team and play a decent brand of football.

    Neither of which will happen under Ashley and Pardew

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  • sparky55

    May 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    musomag…he’ll keep the club so long as fans like you keep on begging him to sell.

    This is his revenge served cold…the fans chased him out of town…he couldn’t even come to watch the club he owned because the fans turned on him…why on earth would he want the club to be anything else but an advertising hoarding and cash cow he can milk dry.

    His net spend this summer will be chump change whilst he pockets 100 million and the money he’ll milk in this coming campaign will be enough to buy Rangers so it will have cost him nothing to buy them.

    Then he’ll make sure Pardew sends us into the championship and then he’ll sell because at that point he’ll be so far ahead on the financial front it’ll not matter how much he gets for the club and we’ll then have to fight for years to get back up into the premiership.

    At that point he’ll be happy to let go with a big wry smile on his face knowing he’s destroyed us in return for what we did to him.

    This is one cold b@sta@rd

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    May 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    would think 10 mill would be too much for grenier he is average at best,a 6 ft 2 version of marv . roughed up in training by his own skipper a couple of years ago because of his attitude. watched him score a screamer earlier in the season and puts in the odd good pass.however imo he is lethargic lazy and gutless and might as well be 4 ft as no physical presense. his stats of 148 deadballs 63 shots at goal for 4 goals and 5 assists in league prove he is not a s good as some think.watched him take every dead ball against mont and they were so poor dummet could have done better. when he was injured near end of season the team improved and would rather sign his replacement ferri who scored 2 screamers 1 against psg however as ncle did with col as soon as grenier was fit he came back into side. grenier imo wont make it in prem

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  • sportsdirect

    May 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    krul has been interviewed after receiving the award for PL save of the season and was quoted saying he is working hard with Holland to make world cup squad but (this was the interesting bit) he will then return to Newcastle to get ready for the new and exciting season as “the club have got some great, exciting new signings”.
    that was quoted so what does he know. one thing for sure is he will know alot more than those who post on here.
    instead of the constant sniping of ashley n club why not wait n see. if there is the same excuses then crank up the pressure by any means to make change happen.

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  • firebug666

    May 25, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    sportsdirect

    Where was this interview?

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #14

    Thump

    That’s an awful insult to mention Pardew in the same breath as Simone.

    2 of Real’s players alone cost nearly 200M!! Athletico’s whole squad cost considerably less than ours!

    Simone not only won the league and broke up the R, Madrid / Barca stranglehold and dominance but took them within 2 mins of an epic achievement last night.

    I have never seen a team play with more commitment and passion than Athletico and all MINUS THEIR 2 BEST INJURED STRIKERS!

    When Pardew wins a league or gets to a European cup final with half a side of virtual unknowns beating the cream of Europe on the way, then I might agree with you.

    What Simone has achieved is beyond amazing. When you are playing against Ronaldo, Bale, Di Maria etc of course you are going to concede a lot of possession against their pace, but it was extreme fatigue that ultimately did for Athletico, not negative Pardew style tactics.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    sports direct

    hope krul doesn’t think colback, bent, Noble and sidwell are ”exciting”

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16

    1949

    Do you have that about grenier saved to copy and paste. lol !

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    May 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    would like to see the anyone signed for development squad to be big as although i think we have some exellent players coming through in 16 plus age group it is noticeable that apart from streete and mbabu who are injured a lot they are all 5 ft 9 or under and like against chelsea in youth cup it stands out we lack power.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Ed

    This is just about the best article I think you’ve ever written. Absolutely spot on. especially this:-

    So we suppose it doesn’t always take big money to create a top side (just most of the time), but if you haven’t got the big money, what you need is a top manager who can get the very best out of his players.

    With the poor performances of Newcastle over the last two seasons, that doesn’t seem to be Alan Pardew, but Everton, Southampton and Liverpool have proved that with new young managers like Roberto Martinez, Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers, you can quickly create a good side who play some exciting football.

    That seemed to be Mike Ashley’s opportunity at the end of the season, to bring in a new manager, preferably one who was fairly unknown but would become a top manager on Tyneside, much like when we gave Kevin Keegan his first chance at management back in the early 1990s.

    Yes, I’m dreaming again.

    But Mike took the conservative approach and kept with Alan Pardew – and probably also kept the mediocrity we have seen from Newcastle in the seven years he has owned the club.

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    sd

    are you sure he said return to Newcastle, it could that that he already has a new club lined up and he is talking about them

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  • stuart no9

    May 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Sports direct —— wait and see , you say . After 7 bloody years , how long do you expect us to “”wait and see “” come off it mate , times up

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 25, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Ed, I am stating to feel for you ’cause it seems you actually think we are going to sign any of these players you post!

    …how many is it now? 50 players or something?

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  • sportsdirect

    May 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #22

    the interview was covered in the sun yesterday when he got the vote from fans for save of season at spurs.
    interview was carried out wherever holland squad are now.
    the quote was exactly what i posted.
    he clearly states a return to the toon and the club has new signings.
    as for bent, sidwell or noble – Ed always reminds us all of club policy on age of players coming in and if they dont fit profile of age they wont join. cant have it both ways when saying the likes of the above are on their way to the club.
    as said earlier its a long summer so its as it always has been – wait and see.
    hopefully we will be surprised.

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  • greg

    May 25, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #23

    My dream team 4 – 2 – 3 – 1:
    Manager: di matteo / M. laudrup / F. de boer
    ST: Gomis or Doumbia or Diabate
    AM: Cabella, Sissoko , Ben Arfa
    DM: Tiote , Rodwell / Fer (Any tall and strong DM)
    FB: Haidira and Debuchy
    CB: Kjaer , M’biwa (if high defence line) Williamson (if low defence line)
    GK: Krul
    Sub: ST: Gouffran,Ayoze , AM: Scott Sinclair , Sammy Ameobi, Marveaux, DM: Bigirimana, FB: Dummett, Tavernier DC: S. Taylor
    Net spending: 30m

    Real life:
    ST:Ayoze
    AM: Gouffran, Noble, Sissoko
    DM: Tiote , Anita
    FB: Dummett, Kalas
    CB: Colo, Williamson
    GK: ?
    Net profit: 20m

    Sad newcastle…

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  • mindshaft

    May 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Athletics squad cost less than ours and they have a smaller wage bill than Fulham … ffs, if people can’t see that getting a good manager is the most important thing a club can do they they are idiots …. Mike Ashley, I’m talking to you!

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  • sportsdirect

    May 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #25

    times up for what exactly stuart?
    in the 7 years NUFC has:-
    been a PL club for all but 1 season.
    upon relegation (due to a majority of a squad of players not sanctioned by MA) came straight back up
    got back into europe and reached QF. if had more rub of the green would have been a SF.
    club have bought some very decent players.
    club is making money now and operating in profit
    cabaye wanted to leave
    carroll was an offer far too good to refuse
    now before u start ranting the last 2 windows have been terrible.
    i agree AP is not good enough and i would like to see more spent.
    but thats the issue. MA via his execs has clearly said the club will only spend within its limits. so as the revenues have now significantly increased this window is the test as the club does have profits to spend unlike previous windows hence wait n see on transfer activity.

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  • the broons

    May 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #26

    I forgot about leroy fer actually he will be available, however after watching him this season he just seems a downgrade in tiote. We need to strengthen where we need strengthening.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    May 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #27

    Atletico Madrid’s wage bill is £54 million for the season.

    Ours wage bill is allegedly £61.7m.

    And supposedly we are a well run (financially) club by a frugal owner…

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  • wolfshead@toon

    May 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #28

    i see people are still looking over the fence in envy yes we could learn from atletico but there again so could thousands of other clubs around the world
    atletico were nowhere for years until they got things to click or as rotonda would say a perfect storm lol
    as for the football they looked like stoke in disguise

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #29

    It looks like Ed has got a replacement for the outgoing ToonDarnSarf ?

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  • Spoof

    May 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #30

    I can’t honestly say how Athletico managed to get where they are as I have never paid much attention to them, I have no reason to, but credit too them they have done wonderfully well and many a fan and club will be envious of them, but don’t forget that at this time 2 years ago there were many a fan and club who were envious of us, however when we were in a position to push on Mike Ashley single handedly made sure that we couldn’t, if Pardew had been given the backing he may well have screwed it up and we may still have ended up where we are, but then again we may have been in a far better position, we will never know, but this season in January we sold our most effective player, we done exactly the same the previous January with Ba who was by a million miles our most effective player, now as I have said, I don’t know about Athletico Madrid, but I will be surprised if they have sold their best players mid-season and still managed to build on some the good work which was done previously. Pardew may not be the answer, but would Simione have been as good with Ashley as his clubs owner, we have to put it into perspective.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #31

    Spoof

    The entire Athletico squad cost less than 100M
    Pardew said we had a better squad now than when we finished 5th.

    Simone is obviously not a ”high maintenance” manager and can work with what he has at his disposal spectacularly well.

    Simone gets the team playing to more than the sum of it’s parts and fighting like tigers every last one of them.

    Giving Pardew more players I don’t think is necessarily the answer as many of his existing squad, like Tevez, Mascherano etc before, are shunned rather than coached, worked on, improved and developed, due to a chronic lack of expertise and modern methods .

    When I see NUFC play now there is no heart or desire in their play whatsoever. I’ve never seen a team capitulate and surrender so much. That would never happen under a manager the players respect.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #32

    wolfs

    exactly, they found a good manager. we haven’t.

    Bear in mind Athletico’s 2 main strikers were injured too so I think ”Stoke in disguise” is a little harsh.

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  • sparky55

    May 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #33

    ROTONDA…Most sensible, succinct and correct post I’ve seen on here for years.

    Shame it all falls on deaf ears…everyone else still dreaming of signings instead of realising we’re gonna have the same old manager with the same old team (except those that successfully jump ship) with the same old tactics (straight out the Beano) and the same despondent team wondering what the hell they’re doing there.

    Can’t wait!

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  • sparky55

    May 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #34

    I was referring to @30

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Rotonda…have to say I agree mate!

    …personally I don’t understand why we are mentioning Simeone and Parsnip in the same sentence?

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #36

    Cheers Sparky

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  • scout

    May 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #37

    You lot comparing athletico with us are mad, its a 1 off like Greece winning the euros in 2004 its a once in a lifetime.
    Look at other sides who spend fortunes and get nowhere, does that make all their managers poor??
    Simione could go to chelsea a balls it up hes not god, get a grip lads jesus

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  • scout

    May 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Comparing wage bills its a team from a different country, if you lot were in charge we’d be playing hartlepool guaranteed

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  • the broons

    May 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #39

    scout,
    Finally someone with a bit of sense and reality in check.

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  • scout

    May 25, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Nice one broons

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