Atlético de Madrid
it has lived through one of the most complicated seasons in its history. A campaign marked by suffering, by issues such as Coronavirus, the sanctions, the matter of the Super league… He surpassed everything to be crowned, unexpectedly, champion of the competition. A champion with a lot of merit. A season with key moments in the course.
1- WINDOW START
Atlético started the season later than other teams, due to their participation in the final phase of the Champions from the previous year. And he did it before a grenade the one who passed over. The Nasrid leaders arrived at the Metropolitan and they finished 6-1 thrashed, with a stellar performance of a Luis Suarez that came out in the second half and that he anticipated what would later end up coming.
2- DOUBTS AND CHANGE OF COURSE
After the aforementioned start, Atlético found themselves with two unexpected draws against Huesca Y Villarreal, which delved into the doubts of Atlético but made Simeone to 5-3-2 which would be the key to the best moment of the season.
3- END OF MARKET CONVULSE
In between, the Athletic experienced how it was left without two of its key players in the last days of the market. Álvaro Morata went to the Juventus Y Thomas Partey He left the club, prior payment of the clause, the same day the market closed.
4- TUMB THE BARÇA
With the Athletic already plugged in in full winning streak with the new system, four since the draw against the Villarreal, the first major test in League, the shock before the Barça in the Metropolitan. A match in which the Athletic showed that he was serious, he won 1-0 with a goal from Carrasco and he achieved something that he had not done until then, defeating the culé team in the Metropolitan.
Between that initial moment of doubt, Atlético went on to sign seven consecutive victories, some of them with difficult starts such as Vigo, Valencia or Pamplona. A streak in which the team only conceded two goals in ten games.
6- VARAPALO DEL DERBI
The best Athletic came to the derby with a 26-game streak of League in a row without losing. He was aiming for a decisive appointment and the team of Simeone was met with an unexpected setback, an unmitigated defeat in which the rojiblanco team did not show any of the hallmarks that had made it intractable in LaLiga.
7- LAND THROUGH THE MIDDLE
The defeat in the derby did not cause Atlético to slow down, but on the contrary. He continued with his winning streak and put more land in between with his pursuers, by winning the game that he had postponed with Sevilla, from the first day. A start to the year that would mark the turning point for the rojiblancos. At this time in the competition, Atlético had an advantage of up to 11 points. LaLiga seemed sentenced.
8- SANCTION ON TRIPPIER
The Christmas coincided with the surreal sanction to Kieran
Trippier that prevented him from playing ten games weeks with the mattress team, an issue that made a broken Simeone.
9- CONTAGES EPIDEMIC
The Atlético de Madrid It has been one of the teams most punished by the positives for Coronavirus, but it is that at the beginning of the year, the issue was unbearable. Half a dozen positives that overlapped that left Cholo without a bench, without options for many games until February, which coincided with the slump in the team’s results. Carrasco, Mario Hermoso, Joao Félix, Dembélé, Herrera…
10- TREND CHANGE
The party that changed the trend was the Celta Vigo in the Metropolitan. Those of Simeone they had turned many games around, they had taken many points in the final stretch. Against the people of Vigo, in that clash the rojiblanco team turned the game around that started winning, but in the last play they tied. From there, draws before Raise, Real Madrid, Getafe… defeat against him I raised in the Metropolitan in the other game that was postponed.
11- THE DERBI THAT ESCAPED
The Athletic He appeared in the derby on matchday 26 with the intention of dislodging Real Madrid from the title fight. He played a beautiful game, which he had to win, but a game of Benzema At the end of the crash, he left the matter on a table Real Madrid clinging to the fight and Atlético with doubts.
12- THE GIL MANZANO SCANDAL AND SUÁREZ’S INJURY
The Athletic returned from the break due to international commitments with Joao
Felix injured, the beginning of the end for him in this course, and with two trips to Seville that were going to mark the fight for the title. And in both he failed. Against the Seville team, for a goal that should not have risen to the scoreboard because it came from a recovery in hand that Gil Manzano did not want or did not know how to see. Before him Betis, a point was scored, but the trend was already clear, the advantage with the pursuers had disappeared.
To top Suarez he was injured and the Athletic he would have to survive the next few games without his top scorer.
13- THE WINKS OF FORTUNE
The Athletic He entered the last six dates out of breath, with the breath of the pursuers on his neck. The visit to Saint
Mamés it seemed the end for the leader. He fell 2-1. Days later, the FC Barcelona received the grenade in the Camp Nou. Yes winning was the new leader. He lost in what was one of the biggest upsets of the championship.
A day later, on his visit to Elche, he saw how they gave him a penalty at the last minute that again threatened to throw him off his feet. Fidel sent him to the stick. Those of Simeone they clung to the lead.
14- THE DUEL IN CAMP NOU THAT SEEMED DECISIVE
The Athletic was presented in the Camp
Nou with the aim of leaving The league sentenced. He played one of the best games of the course, he had Barça against the ropes but did not win. The next day the Real
Madrid could be the leader if he won at Seville… again failed. Extra new life for those of Simeone.
15- SUFFERING AND REMOVED
For him Athletic it wasn’t going to be easy. The last two home games against Real society Y Osasuna They were a sample of the faith and the enthusiasm of this team. Before the Basques he overwhelmed but ended up suffering. But it is that before the Navarrese, a game that was a siege turned into a nightmare with the goal of Budimir. The Athletic had to come back on the horn with a goal from Suarez who let the team go to the last day with The league in within reach.
16- THE DISENGAGEMENT
The last comeback, suffering, but with courage and heart to beat Valladolid. And lift the title.