Cholo Simeone faces Barcelona again in a game in which he will try once and for all to end his losing streak against the Barça team in the Santander League. And it is thatl Atlético de Madrid has failed to beat the Catalans in the league championship since the Argentine coach arrived on the rojiblanco bench.
The one that was the mythical ’14’ of Atlético de Madrid he has measured Barcelona 28 times as coach of the mattress entity. Of all those times He has only achieved victory in three of them, none corresponding to Santander League matches. Two of them were in the Champions League, in the editions of the season 13-14 and 15-16. In both qualifying rounds, those of Cholo Simeone won the clash that was played at Vicente Calderón and both in the first and in the second they ended up going to the semifinals and later to the final, where they were defeated by Real Madrid in Lisbon and Milan respectively.
The other victory that Cholo Simeone has achieved against Barcelona It was in the penultimate match in which both teams have met. It was in Saudi Arabia, in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup. Atlético won 2-3 with a comeback included and advanced to the final, where, once again, they fell to Real Madrid on penalties. Practically the majority of the squad continues, so they already know the way to beat Barcelona for the first time in the League, since in the last match in which they met they deserved to get something more out of the Camp Nou despite the 2-2 final.
In total, Cholo Simeone’s balance against Barcelona in all competitions is 3 wins, 10 draws and 15 losses. Now Ronald Koeman’s team visits the Metropolitan and the Argentine coach has no better chance than to break that slump than the hope of keep alive the record of matches without losing in his stadium, where he has not fallen for almost a year. Curiously, against Barça.