In three seasons, in fact, Atlético did not lose any match of all who played in January: last, with three draws and three wins in six games, 2013-14, with five wins and three draws in eight, and 2011-12, his first, his arrival, with three wins and a draw in four . Its only mole has been the Copa del Rey, with eliminations in January against Girona last season (two draws), Sevilla in 2017-18 and Barcelona in 2013-14. Since 2011, Atleti has started the years in two ways. Sometimes the Cup (as in 2017-18 and 2016-17) and other times in LaLiga, all remaining. In the Cup he always won and by a win, 0-4 at Lleida and 0-2 at Las Palmas. In the League, he tied last season, 2012-13 and 2011-12 against Sevilla, Mallorca and Málaga. The rest, only victories.Twice the Levante … and in both victory Al Levante, the rival with which Atlético will start this 2020, has already been found twice more Simeone since 2011 and both happened the same: Atlético won. Both were in the Metropolitan. In 2014-15 the rojiblancos won by 3-1 on January 3 and, in 2015-16, they did it by 1-0 a 2. Last season Levante was not the first opponent of the year but almost. He was the second in the league: 1-0 rojiblanca victory. New Year and a sure thing in Atlético with Cholo: you don’t lose. Or, at least, with the Argentine coach on the bench the team has never lost. Five wins and three draws is your balance. Zero defeats January, with Cholo, Atlético always starts it on the right foot: the Argentine accumulates 62.5% of victories in the first game of the year since it was released in the club, precisely in January 2012, none of the players of that first eleven are already. HOh, we have to go back eleven, to 2008-09, to find a defeat in the red and white New Year. 3-1 in Mestalla, against Valencia. It was still Javier Aguirre the coach. It is a decade. Since the Argentine coach took the reins of the team he has played 60 games this month, with only 15% losses (The percentage of victories in the whole month is 53%).
1 Arsenal welcome giant-killers Middlesbrough to the Emirates on Sunday, in their FA Cup Fifth Round encounter. Arsenal welcome giant-killers Middlesbrough to the Emirates on Sunday, in their FA Cup Fifth Round encounter, live on talkSPORT, from 3.30pm.The holders beat Brighton 3-2 in the previous round, while ‘Boro dumped Premier League champions Manchester City out with a memorable 2-0 victory at the Etihad.Gabriel Paulista is in line for his Gunners’ debut, while boss Arsene Wenger confirmed Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny will return between the sticks.However, midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be out for two weeks – the Welshman limped off in Tuesday’s win over Leicester – with a hamstring injury, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy remain on the sidelines.Will Gabriel make his first start and will Alexis be fully fit? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Arsenal line-up against Middlesbrough:GoalkeeperSzczesny will return between the sticks as the Gunners’ cup goalkeeper.The Polish international has lost his place to David Ospina in recent weeks, after being disciplined for smoking in the showers following his side’s defeat at Southampton, but a solid performance could boost his claim for a regular place.DefenceGabriel moved the Emirates for £11m in the January transfer window and Wenger has hinted the Brazilian could make his debut.Kieran Gibbs has spoke of his frustration at missing out recently following injury, but the Englishman should come into the starting XI and will keen to prove his worth.MidfieldA central factor in Arsenal’s good recent run has been the introduction of Francois Coquelin, who has added strength and protection to the Gunners’ back four.With Ramsey out, Tomas Rosicky should step into the central midfield role, and the Czech starred against Brighton in the previous round.Santi Cazorla’s performances have dropped slightly in the past couple matches, and Wenger may see fit to rest to the Spaniard, with the rejuvenated Mesut Ozil operating in the no.10 role.AttackIf Alexis is fit, Danny Welbeck could come in for Olivier Giroud, who has under performed recently.But it is difficult to see the Chilean start after picking up another knock midweek, and that should see him start from the bench, with Theo Walcott and Welbeck either side of Giroud.Arsenal fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Middlesbrough? Comment below…Arsenal v Middlesbrough is live on talkSPORT, Sunday from 3.30pm. Click here to stream.