Sport championship race in Spain open again? Only if Atlético "plays along"!
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But with his "there is still a long way to go to the title" (source: as.com), the 33-year-old actually only reproduced what is obvious. From today 16 league games are still waiting for the royal team, i.e. 48 points to be awarded. There are two more games for the, who are currently leading the table by five points.
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© Supplied by Sofoot Luis and Tom, they are still together. Cadiz 2-4 Atlético de Madrid Goals: Negredo (35th, 71st) for Cadiz // Suárez (28th, 50th, s.p.), Saúl (44th) and Koke (88th) for Atlético. More untouchable than Omar Sy and François Cluzet: the Colchoneros . Video: Mauricio Pochettino's observation after the defeat in Lorient (Dailymotion) On the road this Sunday in Cadiz, Atlético de Madrid went for an eighth consecutive victory in La Liga (2-4).
From a purely mathematical point of view, the men of Zinédine Zidane have the chance to make up the difference (in the worst case, from their point of view, eleven points) on this long way to the top. But it won't work without the active help of the front runner.
And even if Atlético should lose in the direct duels against the immediate pursuers from Madrid and Barcelona, it would be enough for them to win the title. Provided, of course, that they score in the other games as they did in most of the previous season.The games against the rest of the league will decide on the title.
The league will be decided in the duels of the current top three against the remaining teams. And that's exactly where Atlético has collected the most points so far. And that is why it is logical and deserved to be in the sun.
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While Real Madrid allowed themselves the luxury of losing at home to teams like Alavés (1: 2), Cádiz (0: 1) and Levante (1: 2), the colchoneros in their home country Wanda Metropolitano only left against Villarreal (0: 0, at the beginning of the season) and recently against Celta (2-2).
away, on the other hand, they won all their games except for the 0: 2 at Real and the 0: 0 in Huesca,
while Real won points at FC Elche (1: 1), Osasuna (0: 0), in the Real Sociedad (0-0) and Villarreal (1-1). At Villarreal's neighbors from Valencia, Los Blancos even picked up a juicy 1: 4 swatter.
An opposing development in relation to the current form curve, separated from the results, cannot be discerned between the two clubs either.
Simeone's team's defense, which was previously so stable, is weakening a little at the moment, but this slump is not (yet) too significant due to the re-found accuracy of their goalscorer Luis Suárez. And at Real it's not like that lately they have been rushing from one victory to the next and floating irresistibly through the league.
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As I said at the beginning: even the mandatory win against the tenth in the table was not an expression of joy in playing and oppressive superiority, but ultimately also due to the harmlessness (especially offensive) of the guests. The 2-0 team may serve as a bearer of hope - but it does not serve as a pointer for the coming weeks.More restlessness among the pursuers
That's why I stick to my assessment: Atlético can actually only lose the title. At least more than Real (and FC Barcelona, which is in good shape at the moment) can win. However, if Cholo's troop sticks to their previous line, the eleventh Spanish championship will no longer be possible.
Especially since the internal conflict potential at Atlético Madrid is much lower than with the two pursuers. While in Barcelona the rumors about Lionel Messi's future will not subside until their final clarification - i.e. after the end of the season - and they also have to put out a distracting glitch at Real Madrid with Sergio Ramos, Atlético are not such secondary theaters of war expected. And as is well known, strength lies in rest.
1: 0 against Atletico: Tuchel with Chelsea still unbeaten .
Thomas Tuchel remains unbeaten as team manager of Chelsea FC and can hope for the quarter-finals in the Champions League. © Provided by sport1.de 1: 0 against Atletico: Tuchel and Chelsea still unbeaten Thomas Tuchel remains unbeaten as team manager of Chelsea FC and can hope for the quarter-finals in the Champions League. The former Bundesliga coach celebrated a 1-0 (0-0) victory with the Blues in the first leg of the first leg in Bucharest against Atletico Madrid.