- Atlético open the Wanda Metropolitano in style.
For the most part, this Monday morning calls for a big sigh of relief. Atlético Madrid completed their stadium in time for the home opener, the big day went off without any major complications, and los Colchoneros eked out a signature 1-0 win over visiting Málaga.
You really couldn’t draw it up any better and, perhaps more importantly, one of the biggest distractions leading into this season is now in the rearview. The impact this stadium has on the club is a story yet to be written, but for the time being the players, coaches and fans can turn their attention solely to football.
However, if you’d like to take an extra moment to revel in the weekend that was, the club has a handful of nice features on their official site.
- Bloopers for the gag reel
Despite the resounding success of opening night, there were a few minor hiccups here and there, mostly of a humorous nature. Of particular note was the reception received by Hugo Sánchez’s plague on the “Walk of Legends”.
.@atletienglish fans don't forget!— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) September 17, 2017
Hugo Sanchez's commemorative plaque at the Wanda vandalised
They say that time heals all wounds, but Atlético fans are not about to forgive Sanchéz’s 1985 departure for the other Madrid team. Consequently, his plaque served as a makeshift trash receptacle throughout the day on Saturday.
Another comical moment from the weekend came in the form of an upside down flag during the official flag raising ceremony.
Atlético raise the flag over the Metropolitano... upside down https://t.co/qHig0E5P4n pic.twitter.com/62D3NErz3s— Atlético Madrid News (@ColchonerosNews) September 16, 2017
You have to imagine someone got a stern talking to after that one.
- Rumor: Manchester United scouting Saúl
Rumors out of England suggest that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has his sights set on Atlético midfielder Saúl Ñíguez. Saul recently extended his contract with Atleti for a whopping 9 seasons, so it stands to reason that he is already exactly where he wants to be. For now this rumor seems unlikely to have teeth.