The Atletico Madrid stroked the second round of the Champions League, until a penalty from Brazilian Felipe took his passport five minutes from the end. He had entered due to a muscular problem of the Uruguayan Giménez, which was key.
The Bayern equalized when he could have gone to Madrid losing because Atletico had a great game. Thomas Müller equaled Joao Félix’s in moments of full Atletico dominance.
It is the play in Salzburg’s Atletico Madrid. It will be worth a draw, but he will go out to the field with the obligation to score if he wants to go to the second round as second in the group.
A single win and three draws have conditioned their group stage. His next opponent won easily in Russia at the Lokomotiv, with doublet Berisha in the first act and the sentence of Adeyemi (1-3). He arrives with nothing to lose and with his offensive vocation.
There is good and bad news. The bad news, that with this score or less at this point, it never passed the phase. The good news … that whenever he was eliminated, the season ended in a title.
The six points that Atlético adds right now are the worst balance together with that of 17/18, which also added six points. Only worsened by a precedent in which Simeone did not train the team, that of 09/10, in which they took three points.
Well, on those two occasions, Atlético fell to the Europa League … a tournament that they ended up winning. With Cholo, the experience that was lived in 17/18 was bad but it had a happy ending. The two draws against Qarabag added to that of Roma and the defeat against Chelsea left the team out of the top continental competition.
But then, the passage through the Europa League was a walk, a much superior Atlético who ended up lifting the title in Lyon, against Olympique de Marseille.
Quique Sánchez Flores’ team was also eliminated in a tournament in which Atlético was beaten by Chelsea, Porto and suffered from Apoel Nicosia. That campaign would also end in the title, with that of Hamburg.