Sport Can Atlético shake the throne of the two giants? Sure, of course!

17:25  30 october  2020
17:25  30 october  2020 Source:   90min.de

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It can sometimes happen so quickly in football: almost a month ago, the dream of a successful season in the Spanish league for the fans of Atlético Madrid seemed, if not over, then at least seemed a little further off. Two 0-0 in a row were the reason. But four weeks later not only a few points were added - no more goals were conceded.

Der Rekordeinkauf der Klubgeschichte fängt an, zurückzuzahlen: João Félix | DeFodi Images/Getty Images © Provided by 90min The club's record purchase is beginning to repay: João Félix | DeFodi Images / Getty Images

Started the season with a corona-related delay, the Rojiblancos were with an intoxicating 6: 1 against FC Granada (against which they don't even score six goals). It was the debut for Luis Suárez , who had been hunted down at FC Barcelona. He then hit twice and submitted another hit. And all within the twenty minutes that coach Simeone gave him at the end of the game.

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Mit ihm hat Atlético endlich wieder einen Knippser: Luis Suárez | DeFodi Images/Getty Images © DeFodi Images / Getty Images With him, Atlético finally has another clunker: Luis Suárez | DeFodi Images / Getty Images

But before the indios, as the Atléticos fans are called in Madrid (in contrast to the vikingos of Real Madrid), could dream of higher consecrations again (the last championship is now almost six and a half years ago) two goalless draws at the UD Huesca and against Villarreal, sobering the soul of the fan.

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And suddenly the glamor of a Suárez seemed to have given way. All the better that in the following weeks, the record purchase of the club's history, the Portuguese João Félix, could play more and more in the foreground. An assist in the game with the always unpleasant Galicians of Celta Vigo (2-0) was followed by a round match (albeit without a goal participation) against a strong Betis. And the Rojiblancos were back on track in terms of league technology. Especially since the two giants Real and Barça outbid each other in terms of amateurism at this time.

Even the painful 4-0 defeat at Bayern's Champions League opener were able to correct the Madrilenians to some extent with a hard-fought 3-2 win against RB Salzburg (with two goals from Joao Félix). Second place in CL group A (probably behind the Munich team) is absolutely possible again.

Merciless Defense

And so there are increasing impressions that this Atlético Madrid can actually achieve great things this season. A look at the domestic table may serve as the main argument: Atlético only conceded one goal after five matchdays. Cholo has given the team a similar ruthless defensive concept as in the 2014 championship. Jan Oblak also has one of the three strongest keepers in the world.

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Musste in 5 Liga-Spielen erst einmal hinter sich greifen: Jan Oblak | Angel Martinez/Getty Images © Angel Martinez / Getty Images First had to reach behind him in 5 league games: Jan Oblak | Angel Martinez / Getty Images Atlético well positioned overall

And the vernacular says yes: offensives win games, defensives win championships. However, since they are well positioned in both facets this year (this also parallels 2014, when David Villa and Diego Costa also had a strong attack line), dreaming is allowed.

In addition, there is the discontinuity of the actual title favorites. Neither FC Barcelona nor Real Madrid are currently giving the impression of flying away from the competition. The weakness of the two giants and the strength they have regained, especially defensively, could ultimately make the difference for Atlético. After six years of duel between Real (2 titles in this period) and Barcelona (4), the Spanish league would be happy.

Simeone impressed despite Atletico failing to finish off Lokomotiv .
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