Nine games remain for LaLiga to finish for him Atletico Madridthat he still has to row to ensure his presence in the top four of the classification, that is, to play the next edition of the Champions League. Nine ‘finals’ in which the rojiblanco squad must offer their best version to meet the minimum objective set at the beginning of the course, which started with the expectation of being able to retain the title, something that today is a pipe dream.
Because Atlético is fourth, and the leader, Real Madrid, is 12 points behind when there are only 27 left to play. Second is Sevilla, which is only three of the colchoneros and third is Barcelona, with the same points although with one game less. The Battle of the Diego Simeon is currently the second place, and the team led by Xavi Hernandez is also on the rise.
Reviewing the calendar that Atlético has ahead of us, we find four games, the next ones, against teams from the lower-middle zone and the bottom of the table. Something that could be positive given the situation of those rivals, but in the first round it was already proven that they will have nothing easy.
Upon returning from the break, the Deportivo Alaves will visit the Metropolitan. The Vitorians are penultimate and have salvation at five points. A hopeful scenario for the rojiblancos, who nevertheless suffered the first defeat of the season in Mendizorroza. They will then travel to Palma to measure themselves against Majorcawith a new coach Javier Aguirre. The vermilions are second to last, who a few months ago (in December) stormed the Metropolitano in a strange encounter that came back in the final minutes.
then it will be the Spanish the one that passes through the coliseum on Avenida Luis Aragonés. The Catalan team lives relatively calmly, which has a cushion of ten points for permanence, and that in the first round already put Cholo’s men in a lot of trouble, who managed to turn the scoreboard around with a goal from Lemar in the 98th minute.
Among these commitments, Atlético will play the Champions League quarter-final tie with manchester citythen receive the grenadeanother of the teams in the lower part of the classification that this season has already made the mattresses bite the dust.
AND THE CURVES ARRIVE
From there, things get complicated. And a lot. Because the curves will come for Atlético, starting with the always complicated visit to San Mamés against a Athletic who still dreams of Europe. Days later the Metropolitan will host the Madrid derby, in which the Real he could even be proclaimed champion, a scenario that the rojiblancos would not like. Afterwards there will be an interweekly session with a visit to the Martínez Valero de Elche and the week will close with the match against Seville in the Metropolitan, a direct duel that can also be decisive. And to finish, an appointment at the stadium that saw the colchoneros’ cup elimination, the Real Arena, against the Real society.
A friendly calendar in its first section and very complicated at the end that will force Atlético to give their chest to ensure their presence in the next Champions League.