Atlético de Madrid will be measured this Saturday against the FC Barcelona in the Camp Nou, in what is a final anticipated by the title of The league. The mattress team has been the leader of the competition for 21 days. With four games to go, things are so tight that the mattress team knows they cannot fail.
However, winning in the Camp Nou It is something that he has never achieved since Simeone took over the team. In his 13 visits to the Catalan side, the Athletic of Cholo never made it. Six draws and seven defeats. In this case, the bad news for the colchoneros is that they will surely need to win because not even a draw can end up serving them if the Real
Madrid He wins his commitment, since he would tie on points with the colchoneros and would be ahead by the particular goal difference.
On the positive side, the Athletic it clings to various precedents to fill the reservoir of optimism. The first and most immediate, obviously, is that of the first round of the championship, where the team of Simeone he also achieved something that he had not yet achieved. In that case, beat the Barça in the Metropolitan, something that had not happened since its premiere. The goal of Carrasco On the edge of the break and the good game of the colchoneros ended this little challenge.
Now it is time for another, much longer, that of having to win in the Camp
Nou, something that has not happened since the Cholo he is a coach. But even there there is a point of hope for the rojiblancos. We refer to the visit on 13/14, in which, as now, the Athletic the title of The league. And on that date, despite the fact that the Catalan team went ahead on the scoreboard, the rojiblanco team was able to draw to take the title. An inspirational match for the colchoneros.
But there are other promising precedents, such as the Spain Supercup in which the rojiblanco team turned around a game they were losing, to sneak into the final. Or going further, that game of 96/96 in which the Athletic it was also played The league before him Barça and in which the team of Antic won by 1-3, with that mythical dribble with the waist of Roadman to Nadal that ended in goal assist.
NOT EVEN DIALING FIRST
The Atlético de Madrid has managed to score a goal in nine of his 13 visits to the Camp
Nou of the era Simeone. In none of them did he score more than two targets. And curiously, the only one in which he scored two goals was in the last visit. In four of them he hit first on the scoreboard, but it was not enough to get the victory. And not even the tie in three times – except in the quarterfinals of the Champions League 13-14 (1-1) -.
In three he was left with nothing: on his first visit with the technician, on December 16, 2012, when Radamel Falcao scored 0-1 and then lost 4-1; on the Champions League of 15-16, after 0-1 of Ferdinand
towers, then sent off (2-1); and in the League duel of the same course, when Koke gave him an advantage (2-1).