Someone posted this up on Reddit, but did you know Atletico was first established as a kind of youth team for Bilbao?
The club was originally founded on 26 April 1903 as Athletic Club de Madrid by three Basque students living in Madrid. These founders saw the new club as a youth branch of their childhood team, Athletic Bilbao. In 1904, they were joined by dissident members of Real Madrid. They began playing in blue and white, similarly to Athletic Bilbao, but by 1911, Athletic were playing in their current colours of red and white stripes. Many believe the change was influenced because red and white striped tops were the cheapest stripes to make, because the same combination was used to make bed mattresses, and the unused cloth was easily converted into football shirts.
I did not know that. Moving along, this is all about the coronation of Marcelo Bielsa as the next ‘It’ manager in Europe. That’s about all I can glean from the tepid press build-up in any case. Leave your detritus below. Whoscored.com has likely teams and suspensions.
Kick off is at 2:45 PM EST, 19:45 GMT. Kristian Jack will post a match-recap immediately following the game!