Author: John Mawuli Atidigah
A little over two months ago, Atlético de Madrid were celebrating an impressive 4-2 in Cádiz that left them with 10 points more than rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Spanish Championship. The performance put him as a virtual champion. This Sunday, the team led Sevilla 1-0 away from home, and can see the Catalans reduce the disadvantage to just one point.
What had everything to be a perfect campaign is heading to become the biggest disappointment in the history of Atletico Madrid in Spanish. Wasting one of the most won titles in its history will consolidate into a huge shame. As it is unlikely that Barcelona will stumble at home against Valladolid, this Monday, the championship returns to square one.
With nine rounds left, Atletico Madrid will have to rescue safe football from the first round to move on. The next appointment is a new quarry, facing the sixth placed Betis, also in Seville. While Barcelona and Real Madrid, alive in the fight for the title, make the classic at Alfredo Di Stefano, in Madrid.
The defeat against Sevilla, by a slim score, came with a header from Acuña, taking advantage of Jesus Navas’ cross. At the 25th minute of the second half, the home team scored the goal of the match.
But they could have taken the lead much earlier. Right after 8 minutes, Ocampos had a chance on a penalty. He stopped, however, in defense of goalkeeper Oblak, which could serve as a motivation for the leader.
However, this was not the case during the 90 minutes. Sevilla dominated all actions in the face of a lost Atlético de Madrid, who repeated the poor performances of the last rounds and continues in free fall in the competition.
Diego Simeone’s men have 66 points, against 63 from Real Madrid and 62 from Barcelona, who will play on Monday. Spanish is definitely reopened. And unpredictable.