Barça and Real Madrid brazenly dominate La Liga. Over the past sixteen seasons, fifteen championships have been won either by the White House or by a leading player in Catalan football. The only intruder on this list is called Atletico Madrid. That was in 2014. At that time Thibaut Courtois judges the goal at the Vicente Calderon Stadium and Toby Alderweireld delivered an unsuccessful freelancer in the capital of Madrid. The Colchoneros win La Liga and advance to the Champions League final. But above all: this is the year when Diego Pablo Simeone Take it “Holism”, his stifling style of play based on rigor in a compact 4-4-2, at the top. Since then, Atletico Madrid has offered other European joys: a second C1 final in 2016 and a victory in the 2018 Europa League. What if the elements were in place for the metalworkers to experience a new vintage? What if this is good news for all Spanish football?
We tend to consider Atletico Madrid as a boring guest of the Spanish gratin, the one whose not very shimmering game at first glance should limit him to an eternal third place in the last standings. It should be quickly forgotten that these last two seasons, the “other club of Madrid” ended up runner-up in Spain. As if Simeone was patiently waiting in the shadows to exceed his time.
There is still no defeat in the league, two conceded goals: it is the beginning of the season in a dream, faithful to the principles.
This season it seems that the composition of Kolhoneros has reached maturity. Aoao Felix, bought more than a year ago for 120 million euros, is beginning to live up to the hopes placed on his talent. The club used the chaos in Barça to recover Luis SuarezProven goal insurance in a club where you are over 30 is not a bad word. Janik Karasko was repatriated from China, quickly transforming concerns about a possible loss of its level into enthusiasm for the quality of its services.
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Then there are the taula, Saul and It boils, who lost everything победи and won almost everything in red and white; and guardian, Jan Oblak, regularly quoted among the three best gatekeepers in the world. A real team, where defense remains an art and teasing at the right time is a specialty. This season, Atletico have even had the luxury of regularity since the start of the competition, which they missed previous seasons and ruled out the title race too quickly. There is still no defeat in the league, two goals conceded: it is the beginning of a dream season, true to the principles, which allows them to take dizzying distances from the other candidates for the title.
Six points behind has played another match: Real Madrid has a potential nine lengths to collect from Atletico. While the atmosphere is complicated to say the least after Zidane’s “unexplained” defeat to Alaves, Real face a major problem: a lack of offensive efficiency. One Hazard is currently too fragile to distinguish, Karim Benzema left the team to treat an adductor injury, Vinicius and Rodrigo did not show enough consistency to carry the team and Asensio is also looking for himself after spending one season on the wing.
“We do not have enough consistency in our matches”
“We do not have enough consistency in our matches” on top of that he reacted Zidane, who must note, like everyone else, that the Madrid engine is made up of Cross and on Modric operates on alternating current only. And when attached Sergio Ramos is not there to scare the opponent …
Madrid fans have something to put in perspective if they look at the second column of the table. Barça is there at the fourteenth. With two games less, which could allow them to return to the height of Merengue, 4th, but still. Love Messi pulls his head off this summer, Ronald Kuman is trying in any way to establish himself as the project manager, but the Catalans missed their first two games of the season: cold-blooded in the Clasico, they also conceded defeat to Atletico through a goal by Yannick Carrasco.
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We suspect that the Dutch coach returned to the Nou Camp to heal his wounds in the locker room, that we do not sleep well at night. From co-operations to soothing speeches while there is a fire in the house, Barça is losing a significant outflow from the pitch. And players must not deny that they have a significant share in the responsibility for the current failure.
Having new blood at the top of the rankings naturally creates a breath of fresh air. This season, Real Sociedad is sticking to it and giving the most interesting things to watch in La Liga. In 2014, La Liga won by Atletico forced Real Madrid and Barça to look in the mirror. On the Catalan side, the loss of the title in the last match against Atletico led to the appointment of a new coach. From next season, Luis Enrique took control of the Catalan ship and took its entire small world to a historic high in 2015. At Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti had no old bones the day after his victory in the 2014 Champions League. After the failure of his successor Rafa Benitez, Florentino Perez turned to Zinedine Zidane. Who then did his job pretty well …