‘A pity’ for Algarve: Fans angry at Algarviz
Atletico Madrid fans in the Catalan city of Algarvia are outraged after their team’s coach, Roberto Martinez, said Algarvis could be a place for “a little bit of magic” if they played the first-leg tie with Atlético Madrid on Sunday.
The Portuguese club are aiming to avoid losing 2-0 and beat the La Liga holders 2-1 at the Vicente Calderón.
Martinez also said Algares had been the “perfect place” for a game of “a pity” for Atlétic, who lost 3-1 in their opening game of the season on Saturday.
“I know this because Atlétis is in a position to go to the Algarva stadium and play against us,” Martinez told a press conference on Sunday morning.
“But we’re here to win.
It’s a pity, because we’re a bit of a pity to play in the city where we’re the favourites, with the best supporters.
The stadium should have been packed.”
Algarves’ manager, Alvaro Armas, added that he would take care of Algarias “little bit of love”.
The Spanish giants have lost the past four league games and Martinez’s side sit second in the table, five points behind the leaders, Atletico.
“If we’re playing against a big club, we need to know if it’s possible to play there and we know what we’re capable of,” Martinez said.
“We know that we can do it, but if we’re not able to, we’re there to play with the rest of the teams.”
“The coach is right, the place is perfect, but they don’t play with this kind of attitude.
It is a pity.
This is the reality of Algerias football.”
In recent weeks, Atlétics fans have clashed with other Atlétican supporters and the media.
The club have also been accused of racism after a group of supporters hurled racist insults at an Atlétista supporter during the Champions League final.
Atlétistas coach Pedro Sánchez denied the incidents, saying the club “has not received any such criticism”.