The chin. That hit the Atletico to Laliga in this last day. The blows, because they are repeated, do not stop preventing direct rivals from being massacred by the forcefulness of the Metropolitan as a whole. In this case, the knockout is a Real Madrid that left three points at home on Saturday afternoon against Levante in their particular black January and is already 10 points behind Simeone’s

As if the scar in this first round were small, Zidane’s men have one more game than the rojiblancos. That is, Atlético could equal the number of contests they will do so on February 16 against a Levante that was, precisely, the last Madrid executioner with 13 points above the eternal rival of the capital.

As if not to think that the rojiblancos have dealt a definitive blow to the championship As if not to air from the rooftops that the trophy is getting closer and closer to being the first to step on the new Metropolitan Museum. And it is that in front of the Madridista irregularity it has left seven points in the last days the Athletic one has taken the mallet to walk.

He does not care in his territory where he has not lost in the last 14 months as outside, where after falling against Real Madrid in Valdebebas he already has four consecutive victories. What last year was a torment leaving the heat of the home, now is sewing and singing. The Atletico gets on the plane, jumps to green, play 90 minutes three points back is brought to the capital of Spain.

Tan easy to write, so difficult to capture on the lawn. This has happened, we said, in four matches after the derby Real Sociedad, Alaves, Eibar, and this Sunday against Cadiz. Seven of the last eight at home have been victories to add 21 vital points to achieve a goal that is getting closer and closer, the second League of Simeone, the eleventh of a club that would lift if nothing twisted and has no trace that so be it.

The second tournament of regularity in the current century. For this, Atletico continues to be the least beaten in the championship. Not even Negredo’s two goals, which raise those conceded by Simeone’s to 10, separate Oblak from the leadership of what would be his fifth Zamora. In fact, the Slovenian conceded two but took a saving hand from Saponjic a former partner and close friend from his recent rojiblanca stage which would have been a tie at three.

But on the 13th he deactivated the comeback, Koke closed the game with 2-4 after Correa’s play on the right-wing and Atletico struck a blow, perhaps fatal, to the regularity championship. The Madrid stays 10 and the feeling is that the gap will only increase.