Rob Walker (@rwalk03) is a staff writer at Into the Calderón and the guest on this edition of Colchonero Chat, where his vast knowledge of Emirates Stadium plays a part in analyzing Atlético Madrid’s 1-1 draw at that stadium on Thursday night.
The Europa League semifinal first leg against Arsenal is discussed in full, as Rob and Into the Calderón site manager Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) break down how 10-man Atlético managed to emerge from the embers with a precious away goal. The podders analyze how Atleti and Antoine Griezmann — who levelled the scores from a José Giménez long ball — used Arsenal’s dominance against them and overcame shocking refereeing decisions inside the opening minutes. Jeremy and Rob wonder if the mattress makers can get out on the front foot in next week’s second leg after displaying the battling underdog mentality of years past in England.
The guys also find time to preview Sunday’s league fixture at streaky Alavés, who have secured safety and have little else to play for with four weeks left. Diego Simeone might rotate again with Diego Costa now fit (at least reasonably so) and itching to play.
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