Nothing enhances a derby like that the two opponents are fully immersed in the fight for the title, as will happen this Sunday at the Metropolitano (16. 15, Movistar LaLiga). "There are two teams that are fighting at the top of the classification, with similar situations," Diego Pablo Simeone warned yesterday that, due to cabal or because he does not like to have his chest sunk, he does not pronounce the expression fight for the title.
Since the 13-14 season, in which Atlético won LaLiga , the two did not show up for the second round with serious options to lift the championship. In the six subsequent campaigns, either only one was in a position to play the tournament against Barcelona or both of them arrived with LaLiga very lost. Especially Atlético, which lately fell off the hook before the seasons marced. In the six courses after the aforementioned rojiblanco wound in 2014, Real Madrid went to the duel twice as leader (19-20 and 16-17) with ample advantages over the rojiblancos, 10 and 13 points, respectively, and ended up winning paths editions. Atlético, meanwhile, never arrived with a difference below six points with respect to the leader, whether it was Barça or Madrid. This Sunday, the distance is five points in favor of Simeone's team and with one less game (next Wednesday with Athletic), but the reigning champion is still facing the possibility of giving a good bite that further enlivens the race for the championship.
From the clash in the first round , Atlético came out shorn (2-0) on the scoreboard and in the game. He also arrived as the leader, with Madrid separated by seven points, and distilled a more ambitious football than the one he has been wearing since then. Perhaps that has been the match in which the rojiblancos have been the most outmatched. Atlético recovered from that defeat being a less showy team and managed to increase differences with a more sober style. Madrid began to collapse two days later, giving away draws with Elche (1-1), Osasuna (0-0) and losing at home to Levante (1-2).
Zidane's team has had the merit of clinging back to the championship completing the excellences of Courtois, Ramos, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos and Benzema, who reappears after his injury, with the meritorious ones. The Belgian goalkeeper, the central defender (until he was injured) and the Brazilian pivot have been key in winning points under the same more reserved formula with which Madrid became champions in the last 11 post-lockdown games. The Croatian, German and French have buried the theories that the team could fall because age and physique conditioned them
Before them, a leader who has not been the same since the defeat in the first round, in which João Félix began to lose the title that Correa disputes this afternoon. "Both will play, but one will have to enter later," announced Simeone.