Atletico Madrid players celebrate their victory against Athletic Bilbao
But the team’s bid farewell to the Champions League at the hands of Chelsea and before that exit from the Copa del Rey UE Cornella makes Atletico Madrid focus all their focus on the title it has been looking for since the 2013-2014 season.
With the end of the international break, we’ll be in for a crucial period of a tough season.
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Position and goal
Atletico Madrid tops the league with 66 points, 4 points behind second-placed Barcelona, with 62 points, and 6 points behind third-placed Real Madrid with 60 points.
The difference in points would have been greater if Atletico Madrid had not faltered in the last period, as they had only won 3 games from the last 7, tied 3 times and lost one.
Of course, Atletico Madrid aims to win the Spanish League title, but to achieve this goal, he must play the next matches as if they were Cup Finals, because wasting any point means that his rivals are closer to the title than him.
The matches of Diego Simeone’s squad remaining in the league will be very difficult, as he has 10 matches left, including 6 away from home against: Seville, Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao, Elche, Barcelona and Valladolid.
That is, Atletico Madrid will play against its direct competitor for the league title.
Barcelona is moving steadily in the Spanish League recently, clouded by its exit from the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.
The Catalan team, since the 13th round, has drawn only 3 matches to claim 15 victories.
Barcelonas performance in the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain and their 1-1 draw despite losing 4-1 at home raised the team’s morale.
In addition to a return in the score against Seville in the second leg of the Copa del Rey and a 3-0 victory after losing the first leg 2-0.
But Barcelona needs to confirm its recovery in the matched matches, as he will play against Real Madrid, Villarreal, Valencia and Levante outside his stadium, in addition to playing against Atletico Madrid as well.
While the task of Real Madrid is more difficult in the Spanish League than Barcelona, because the team is not only fighting for the domestic title, but it will have to overcome the hurdle of Liverpool in the Champions League.
As for Real Madrid’s only advantage, it will play only 4 games away from home in the league, against Cadiz, Getafe, Granada and Athletic Bilbao, in addition to hosting Barcelona at home.
Before the Alaves match, Simeone said, “I have to develop in order for the team to continue playing at the same level. I am the one who bears the responsibility from now.”
“I am not seeking any excuses,” he stressed at the press conference.
Simeone knows his responsibility for the remainder of the season to win the league.
With all the championships lost, there will be no excuses for the team if it loses the league title.
Simeone’s contract expires at the end of next season, and winning the league this season may make him leave after achieving it in order to leave a good memory for the fans of Atletico Madrid.
As for losing the title, doubts about Simeone’s technical level may increase because he forfeited the title despite the difference in points in his favor.
The fate of Atletico Madrid is in his hands, as winning all his remaining matches guarantees him a victory in the Spanish League.
But his match with Barcelona in Round 35 will determine the course of the league if the two teams continue to win and Barcelona win against Real Madrid in the El Clasico in Round 30.
Team Match Ranking:
April 4 vs Seville (A)
April 11th against Real Betis (away from Atletico de Madrid)
April 21 against Huesca (at Atletico de Madrid)
April 25 vs Athletic Bilbao (Away from Atletico de Madrid)
April 28th against Eibar (at Atletico de Madrid)
May 2 vs Elche (away from Atletico de Madrid)
May 9 vs Barcelona (away from Atletico de Madrid)
May 12th against Real Sociedad (at Atitico Madrid)
May 16 vs Osasuna (at Atletico de Madrid)
May 23 vs Valladolid (outside Atletico de Madrid)