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The Daily Rojiblanco: September 28, 2017

Some milestones in defeat and a look toward the future.

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
  • Milestones in disappointing loss to Chelsea

Welp, that sucked. Not the most positive performance for los Colchoneros this season, but Atlético Madrid should still be able to take care of business and sneak into the knockout rounds of the Champions League. However, it wasn’t all for naught, as several key players reached impressive milestones.

The match was the 331st appearance for Koke, which pushes him into the top 15 all time for the club. Juanfran joined the 300 club — his performance, however, was far from spartan. And last but not least, José Giménez made his 100th appearance for the club, which makes him eligible for the Walk of Legends.

As much as a defeat like this one stings, these milestones are certainly a reminder that football is about the journey as much as it’s about the heat of the moment.

  • Onward and upward

Despite the midweek downer, the future still looks bright for Atlético and, if club president Enrique Cerezo is to be believed, the best is yet to come. Speaking to Gol (via a report from AS) Cerezo suggested that the additions of Vitolo and Diego Costa in January will form “the best squad in the history of the club.”

This is certainly a bold claim, but considering what these two could bring to the attack on a team that is fairly stout from the midfield back, it’s easy to imagine big things for this group come January. The width that Vitolo can provide coupled with Costa’s gravity and killer instinct could very well put this club over the top.

What do you think? What does this group need to accomplish in order live up to the billing of best ever? Reclaim the Liga title? Finally land that elusive Champions League win? Let us know below.