Joao Miranda and that broken curse that threatens Atlético again: "My headed goal changed history"

The middle-back remembers the headbutt that gave the Cup to Atlético within the 2013 closing: My youngsters have been hesitant in school. Simeone hasn’t received on the Bernabu since 2016.

Miranda headers on the close to submit in opposition to Diego Lpez, throughout the 2013 Cup closing, on the BernabuREUTERS/Juan Medina

14 years (and 25 video games) of victories for the Whites, like a stigma that was damaged on Might 17, 2013, a magical night time on the Santiago Bernabú, a header in further time for the everlasting iconography of Atlético de Madrid. I knew that the time had come to win the derbies once more. My header objective modified historical past, now bear in mind El MUNDO joao mirandathe hero of that Copa del Rey.

To that reminiscence of mirandazo As Atlético turned the tide this Thursday for a duel, additionally on the Bernabu (9:00 p.m., La 1), which seems to him as an abyss. The cup match, nonetheless within the quarterfinals, as salvation from a season filled with potholes and with the specter of being utterly ruined earlier than the top of January. As a result of now the ghosts return. They’re seven years with out triumphing within the discipline of the everlasting rival, the place the workforce of Simeone a objective since April 2018 (1-1 within the League), exactly Antoine Griezmannthe identical one who scored within the final win, already far-off that February 2016 (0-1).

A decade in the past, the insults and humiliations accrued, summed up in a stinging banner within the Chamartn stands: A worthy rival is searched for an honest derby. Cause right here. Miranda remembers from her household trip at Disney: My youngsters’s buddies made enjoyable of them in school as a result of they thought Actual Madrid would win once more. The defender, who just a few weeks in the past introduced his retirement from skilled soccer on the age of 38, after a superb profession through which, along with being a rojiblanca legend -178 video games, 5 titles and, together with Diego Godnthe important thing central pair of the Simeone era-, was captain of Brazil within the World Cup in Russia, picked up the middle of Koke (sole survivor now together with Courtois) and beat Diego Lopez for ecstasy of a Paolo Futre who apologized on the TVE broadcast. Not surprisingly, that was too just like his feat in 1992.

This objective modified all the things as a result of there was a curse. Atlético received the derbies once more, returned with the greats of Europe. The curse is over, Miranda admits about crucial objective of his profession, the one which gave the followers invaluable pleasure. It was certainly one of his 13 targets with the rojiblanca shirt (one other was within the Tremendous Cup closing received in opposition to Chelsea), of an at all times discreet man, chief for the reason that silence of that locker room. And that in 2015 he headed for Inter for 15 million.

“The time had come”

It had been 14 years since Atlético had received, they reminded us on a regular basis. And we knew how vital it was and that the time had come, continues the one from Paranava, which highlights a novel practice crash on this planet. For me, that is the Spanish derby. It’s a stunning match, with a really stunning ambiance. The Atlético followers are scorching followers and so they reside it madly. I’m in love with Atlético and I do know the significance of this derby, for me, some of the stunning of my profession, says who, nonetheless, admits that his profession, which closed in one other of the golf equipment of his life, Sao Paulo, he was left with the thorn of the Champions League that he had so near, additionally in opposition to Actual Madrid.

That unforgettable duel from a decade in the past shook the complexes of Atlético, which from then on would mix victories to recollect on the Bernabu -the tie with a double from the just lately returned Fernando Torres within the spherical of 16 cupbearers of 2015 it was like certainly one of them-, with blows inconceivable to overlook just like the Champions League closing. Now, with a victory within the final eight derbies (final season within the League on the Metropolitan), these frustrations are related.

With out crying, one of many fittest guys within the Cholo squad, now goes to Atlético for an unprecedented conflict: there has by no means been a derby in a single-game tie. And in quest of an evening with a double edge. A victory in a Bernabu with out visiting followers -Madrid has barely given up 334 tickets-, will probably be a aid and an incentive. A defeat, one other shovelful in disappointment.

ancelottifor his or her half, not relying on Carvajal nor with Lucas Vzquez, nor with Tchouamni and Hazard, even supposing yesterday they returned to the dynamics of the group. He praises being the novelty in a Madrid spurred on after his comeback at Villarreal and the victory at San Mams.