Atlético complicates Champions League positions

first_imgBut Simeone has always maintained that the main objective of each course is to finish in the top four, something that so far has achieved tirelessly since the 2012-13 campaign, the first one that the Argentine coach started. It was with a third place prior to the great feat of the 2013-14 season, closed with the league title. He was followed by three more third places until the last two runners-up, where only Barcelona has managed to surpass him. Athletic has seen how its primary objective of the course has been complicating in recent weeks. Since the arrival of Simeone, the rojiblanco team has settled in the mathematical classification for the Champions, something that as the team budget has been increasing has become an obligation to maintain the economic conditions of the institution. However, the results crisis that Atlético is currently experiencing, with five straight games without winning (three of them from the League) have taken the rojiblanco team to sixth place in the standings, something that would leave the team without the maximum continental competition.Although there is still a long way to go, with 16 days still to be played, the solvency with which Atleti has achieved fight with Barcelona and Real Madrid for the League title in recent years and the power with which he has certified his access to the Champions League without complications has disappeared for the moment. Real Madrid, leader of the League, has left at 13 points with his victory in the derby, so fighting for the title seems impossible. Beyond the Blaugrana team, second classified, and Madrid, Atlético’s fight (36 points) is currently with Getafe, third with 39, the same as Sevilla, and with Valencia, fifth with 35. In addition, the rojiblanco team knows that if it continues to click, Villarreal and Real Sociedad come behind, both with 34 points. The athletic consolation is that in the worst year by far with Cholo on the bench, Third place is only one match away.The very poor team goalscoring figures, with only 22 goals scored in 22 games disputed, denote the clear problem rojiblanco face to door. Some shortcomings to which a solution will be sought with the return of key pieces such as Diego Costa or João Félix and the evolution of a newcomer Carrasco. After the defeat at the Bernabéu, Simeone commented: “I have a very competitive squad and we will surely reach the goals we need with the running of the matches if we repeat the role we had in the first half. “Some goals that go through the Champions League and where Atlético needs to take a step forward to return to the place that has corresponded year after year since the arrival of Cholo .Win the title, the other wayAnother variant that Atlético has to certify its classification for the Champions League is to win the competition itself. The rojiblanco team is still alive in the turner and live a top-level duel in the round of 16 against Liverpool. The English, current champions, are the big favorites, but Atlético is growing in the face of these kinds of challenges. Winning the Champions League gives automatic classification for the next course in the hype 1 regardless of the league position.last_img read more

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