Neither him Atlético de Madrid he was champion of League before playing the derby, nor would it have been even if he had won the Real Madrid, nor of course has he lost the title after tying the capital’s highest rivalry match.
It was true that it was a missed opportunity. But it was for both contenders. If there is a problem, he should not be considered as rojiblanco, but his rival because with one less game to play, the team of Zidane is five points away and may be eight if the Athletic wins the postponed match of this Wednesday, against the Athletic.
In the mattress dressing room no one makes crosses. Yes, it was possible to win, but the fight continues. “Not a few months ago did we think (that they were going to win the league) nor now do we think about that pressure. If we play like today, few games will escape us and we will end up meeting our objectives. Yes, we fight for everything. There is a lot left, before we had more points of difference, now less. Nobody wins the league in December and we will fight game by game and try to get the three points next time, “he said. Marcos Llorente placeholder image at the end of the crash.
Now, as has always been done, we look at what is ahead, match by match. Actually, the Athletic he has never guessed beyond that. Another question is how they wanted to sell from outside.
“It is true that we carry a mattress but it is you who say yes The league It is finished, what and what. We go day by day. We have to focus on Wednesday’s game, we have the opportunity of the postponed game that if we add, the rivals will not be able to do it, “he said. Koke in reference to the cabals that are made from outside and also about the fact that the team has a final right now, this Wednesday. The first.
A final in which all that is added will be to score points to Real Madrid (to five already) and to FC Barcelona (to three). Those of Simeone they have 13 games to play to dream of their 11th championship of The league. Game by game yes, but looking at the calendar.
It won’t be easy, you already said it Simeone. “We never thought it was going to be easy,” said the rojiblanco coach, who has seen how his team has dropped nine of the last 18 points to narrow the margin of error for the next rounds.
Among the bad news, that Atlético still has to visit really complicated fields, such as Benito Villamarin, the Sánchez Pizjuán or own Camp
Nou, where on the 35th day you can play the title of The league with the Catalan team, as happened on 13/14 (in this case on the last day).
Among the less bad news, that the culé team, which is now the closest, has a complex departure schedule: Saint Sebastian, twice Valencia, Villarreal, Bernabéu… Or that a ‘classic’ remains between the Real Madrid and the Barça, in which in the best of cases, both could leave points and in the worst, one of them could be left off the fight. That will be on the 30th day, already within what is known as the ‘Aragonese Zone‘Where the championships are decided.
Atlético have six games left in the Metropolitano, opposite Athletic Club, Alavés, Huesca, Eibar, Real Sociedad and Osasuna. And also seven games outside their stadium, against Getafe, Seville, Betis, Athletic, Elche, Barcelona and Valladolid.
At this stage of the film, as has already been commissioned to point out Simeone on several occasions, all the rivals are at stake. It is especially worrisome in the case of those who play the permanence, because Atlético will play against all of them (Osasuna, Getafe, Valladolid, Elche, Eibar, Alaves Y Huesca), with what this type of party implies, more closed than usual.
But also the dates in which you fight for great achievements. At Camp Nou, For example, him Athletic has not yet won in League from the hand of Simeone. Especially critical will be the next duels, until the national team stoppage. The aforementioned duel before Athletic, postponed, visits to Getafe, Sevilla and Betis; and match before Alaves at home. A margin of five games to dream or wake up from a nightmare.
“It is a complicated tournament, where many thought we were going to win it by 20 or 15 points, I don’t know what they imagined … We are playing against very powerful teams, such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla … Of course, the road to the end is going to be very difficult for everyone. We want to improve what we did last season and we continue on that path ”, reflected Diego Simeone after the tie in the derby, to point out the difficulty of the undertaking he intends to achieve.
– CALENDAR OF THE ATHLETIC AND ITS TWO PERSECUTORS-
Matchday 18 (postponed): Atlético-Athletic.
Matchday 27: Getafe-Atlético; Barcelona-Huesca and Real Madrid-Elche.
Matchday 28: Atlético-Alavés; Real Sociedad-Barcelona and Celta-Real Madrid.
Matchday 29: Sevilla-Atlético; Barcelona-Valladolid and Real Madrid-Eibar.
Matchday 30: Betis-Atlético and Real Madrid-Barcelona.
Matchday 31: Atlético-Huesca; Barcelona-Getafe and Cádiz-Real Madrid.
Matchday 32: Athletic-Atlético; Villarreal-Barcelona and Real Madrid-Betis.
Matchday 33: Atlético-Eibar; Barcelona-Granada and Getafe-Real Madrid.
Matchday 34: Elche-Atlético; Valencia-Barcelona and Real Madrid-Osasuna.
Matchday 35: Barcelona-Atlético and Real Madrid-Sevilla.
Matchday 36: Atlético-Real Sociedad; Raise-Barcelona and Granada-Real Madrid.
Matchday 37: Atlético-Osasuna; Barcelona-Celta and Athletic-Real Madrid.
Matchday 38: Valladolid-Atlético; Eibar-Barcelona and Real Madrid-Villarreal.