Osasuna 3-0 Atletico Madrid: Resino On The Brink As Colchoneros Slump Again

p1_agueroforlan_0404 Abel Resino’s future as coach of Atletico de Madrid is in the balance after they suffered another embarrassing reverse against Osasuna with Chelsea waiting to further dent their Champions League ambitions in midweek.

Walter Pandiani scored twice and Aranda added a third as the home side in the Reyno de Navarra scored all of their goals inside the first half an hour and left los Colchoneros with an impossible task.

After securing their first win in their sixth league game two weeks ago, Atletico thought they had turned a corner but another inept display saw things worsen and the board will surely meet this week to discuss the trainer.

Atletico had lost three times in their first six matches in la Primera and picked up just a point from two matches in Europe to lead to question marks about Resino’s ability to see the team challenge for trophies.

The absence of Diego Forlan in this encounter can be used as no excuse as it was the same story again at the back for the visitors as the hosts could have doubled their tally at least.

In only the fourth minute Atletico’s task became difficult as Javier Camuñas’s cross from the left was met by the potent Pandiano to head home and lift that had previously recorded two wins from their opening six games.

Sergio Aguero could have made things so different after ten minutes but spurned his opportunity before Sergio Asenjo proved why he is so highly rated at the other end by saving Luis Perea’s and Juanito’s blushes after their error allowed Pandiani in on goal.

But the Uruguayan striker was not to be denied, after Cleber had gone close for Atletico, as he doubled Osasuna’s lead in the 25th minute with yet another header that left the away team with a mountain to climb.

Five minutes later and the outcome was all but decided as Juanfran’s shot was palmed to the right by Asenjo, but the impressive Aranda stole in and prodded the ball in to the net.

Atletico had fallen apart and Aranda caused more chaos which drew Asenjo and Osasuna could have gone four up if Juanfran had been able to remain calm when attempting to lift the ball back over the crowd and into the unguarded goal.

Resino’s half-time talk did see Los Colchoneros show more steel in the second period, but then the hosts had also tweaked their approach in order to ensure their opponents found no way back into the game.

Cleber again had a chance to reduce arrears while at the other end Juanfran set up Aranda just after the hour mark and Camunas had a chance of his own and then created another for substitute Masoud.

Aguero was tireless and did look to add at least a consolation for Atletico and on Wednesday he will face an even tougher task against Chelsea’s rearguard, but it may well be a different coach watching him from the bench.


~ by footballdirecta on October 19, 2009.

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