Atletico Madrid primed for La Liga glory


Having just beaten an excellent Real Sociedad outfit 2-1 to cement their position at the top of La Liga with just two games left, Atletico Madrid’s destiny is in their hands.

Playing Osasuna and Real Valladolid in their last two games, matches they should confidently win on paper, manager Diego Simeone will be wary of preventing his team from losing focus, for any slip ups could prove costly.

That Sociedad win was especially vital, for Atletico’s form of late has certainly been unsatisfactory, for they’ve only won five of their last 11 matches, which was in stark contrast to their impeccable early season form.

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Speaking after the win over Sociedad, the fiery Argentine manager was just delighted to get the win, stating: “We knew we had to win against an opponent who away from home does things very well.

“We had a great first half and second half as well, but in this tight end of the season their goal made us really suffer in those last few minutes. We need to rest. It’s been a very tough season and it’s going to be tough until the end. It started too fast and it’s something that’s affected all teams, we’re not the exception. We continue, game-by-game, knowing Sunday will be another important and difficult game”

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Possessing the league’s best defence, which has seen them concede only 23 goals in their 36 games so far, this has been the cornerstone behind their success. So well drilled and organised to stifle opponents and protect central areas, Simeone deserves immense credit for their prowess here.

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Meanwhile, going forward, they’ve looked dangerous, as they boast many weapons to hurt opponents. With the likes of Luis Suarez, Marcos Llorente, Joao Felix, Angel Correa and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco all contributing with goals and assists, they’ve been a challenge for opponents to contain.

Priced at $1.22, the bookies are backing Atletico to get the job done, with Real Madrid placed behind them at $4.

Just needing to get two wins from their last two matches, which will be easier said than done, Atletico Madrid should have what it takes to finish the season in style to record their first La Liga title in seven years.

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