The Atlético de Madrid begins to recover the matches that were pending in the Santander League and it does so at a delicate moment. The rojiblancos will have to defend their position at the top of the table in the coming weeks as they seek to certify their pass to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. They had two games less those of Simeone, after the postponement of the match on matchday 2 of the championship and that corresponding to matchday 18, which could not be played due to the snowfall caused by Filomena.
If in itself this section of the course is complicated by the return to the scene of the maximum continental competition, those of Simeone They will have to deal with a more compressed schedule than that of the rest of their rivals. The rojiblancos will chain five weeks in a row with matches during the week. A game every three days for Atlético in a month and a week, of which they have already played two, clicking on one of them.
The Argentine coach will have to begin to dose his players if he does not want to load them in excess of minutes during the next weeks, with the risk that supposes giving rest to his best men. The calendar complicates the options of the Athletic to maintain the leadership of the League and, is that, in addition to the accumulation of matches in a short space of time, they must be measured against the larger rivals.
10 meetings in five weeks
The Atlético de Madrid He will have to play six championship games in the next month that will be key in the race for the title. In the boots of Simeone’s is giving options to Real Madrid Y Barcelona to compete for the League. They will not have it easy, because in between they will have to play the two matches of the round of 16 of the Champions League. Added to them are the two that he has played in the last week in the League, which determine the freshness with which they will have to face the rest of the games.
The rojiblancos will meet again this weekend at I raised, this time in the Metropolitan and according to the corresponding day. It is seen that the Argentine can introduce rotations thinking about the important commitment that he will have during the week, since they will travel to Romania to serve as locals against him Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Upon their return, they will have four very important league matches. The rojiblancos will be measured at Villarreal at La Cerámica and a week later they will receive Real Madrid, in the match called to mark the future of the fight for the championship. The whites are six points behind and could get dangerously close to, and even overtake, Simeone’s after the derby. With the visit of Athletic catch up on late games and close on Getafe their confrontations before facing the Champions League return.
The rojiblancos will travel, if the health situation allows it, to London to face the Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in the match that closes the knockout round of the top continental competition. Finally, they will receive Alaves, to close a hectic month, in which they will have played 10 games in five weeks. It does not stop there, because the calendar has prepared a complicated duel for the Metropolitan Seville that could further tighten the fight for the title.
The first round, difficult to match
The Atlético de Madrid has an income of six points compared to Real Madrid -with one game less- and nine with him Barcelona. In the last three games they have seen their income reduced by four points, after the draws against Celta and Levante. The whites and the Catalans now seem more reliable than during the rest of the season in the championship, which forces Simeone’s men to be intractable in the second round. With the two greats reaching their normal rhythm in the Santander League, the leader of the classification is obliged to fail as little as possible if he does not want to see how the forces are even after taking 10 points of difference.
Thanks to the fundamental contribution of Luis Suarez Already a reliability in all facets that has not been seen in a long time in the Metropolitano, the rojiblancos have managed to sign the best first round in their history. After the dispute of the first 19 games, they added 50 points that left the title practically decided in the middle of the course. However, the two almost consecutive punctures have led their pursuers to cut points, matching the fight for the title.
Simeone He already warned that the League is not decided and that it would be difficult to repeat the numbers achieved in the first round. Despite being the strongest leader in the European leagues, the coach already foreshadowed that nothing had been decided yet. Now, the calendar may prove him right and fuel the fight for first place in the domestic competition.