Nine years have passed and Athletic repeats history again. The rojiblanco team led by Marcelo
Bielsa He also played two finals in 2012 within two weeks, against Atlético in the Europa League title match and against Barça with the Cup at stake. The lions lost both. We will have to wait, therefore, that the second chapter of this milestone is not repeated and the team led by Marcelino wins both or, failing that, one of them, to break a drought in the KO tournament that lasts 37 years, from that in 1984 they defeated Barça de Maradona and Schuster.
On that occasion, the Argentine team marveled at their attacking football, especially on the old continent, with exhibitions against Manchester, Schalke 04 or Sporting de Portugal that are already part of the collective memory.
But he arrived physically fused to the two games for the title, something that is attributed to Rosario for his way of squeezing the most out of his players. The first final was played at the National Arena in Bucharest on May 9 and had as a rival the mattress team of the Cholo
Simeone, who was serving his first season at the helm of Madrid. The Colombian Falcao cleared up any doubts from the start by scoring the first two goals in minutes 7 and 34 respectively and Diego sentenced in 85 ‘.
Sixteen days later it was the turn of the Cup. Athletic had had a fairly affordable trajectory in a two-legged match -Oviedo, Albacete, Mallorca and Mirandés-, but in the final they found Barça, the executioner of recent years in the tournament of the KO. Peter made of Falcao and it marked as soon as the match started at the Vicente Calderón on May 25. The winger made it 0-1 in minute 3 and 0-3 in minute 24, just after Messi he will score the goal to which he unfortunately has us accustomed to put the 0-2. By halftime the final and the illusions of the large number of Atletico fans displaced to Madrid were over.
Gracious, the coach of the last Athletic Cup champion, assured yesterday in Mundo Deportivo that Bielsa stifled gamers starting in January. Now, the team arrives at another time. Marcelino He has dosed his most important players and especially the final is played after two weeks of rest.