Attilico de MadridTOThe Atletico plays its last bullet in a League that can leave sentenced Barcelona
"The only option that brings us closer to having a chance in LaLiga is to win Barcelona", Diego Pablo slipSimeonein the crowded press room of the athletic city of the Atlatico. The aroma that presided over the training was big day and, as it could not be less, El Cholo was at the height to put in value the meeting that decide the future of the current championship.
That is, in short,what is played today. All or nothing for the Attico in his attempt to exercise David in the kingdom of Goliath, comfortable dominator of the championship ... and of so many others previously.The giant, in this case, is Barcelonain which a footballer - and not precisely by stature - can mark the final outcome of the battle for the title.
"Win, win and win", which will tell the other legend of the Atletico bench, Luis Aragons. Thathe needs his team to get close to five points of a Barcelona that will give the final blow to the title if he defeats again those of Choloin the direct duel (11 points plus one to have the difference of goals in their favor). The situation, in any case, bears many similarities with what happened last year. Then there were more days left to play, but the 1-0 left the championship seen for sentencing.
I signMessi. He did it of lack, luck that has turned in the last times in a species of distant penalti. Todayreturn to be the main threat of those of the Metropolitanwhile Simeone deflects in his head the option of going to degello for the win playing with Morata, Costa and Griezmann at the tip of the spear. A combination that in San Mams was a real disaster but that ensures a version of Atleti with more mordant and goal. And that, scoring goals, is what visitors need. The other, not to receive them, is in the hands of that imperturned face giant that is Jan Oblak.
The 90 minutes will decide, in short,if the Atletico clings to the option of the title or begins to think about the next seasonevery time that the Madrid, to five points, does not look to be reliable to put in risk a subchampionship to which Simeone and his warriors want to remove the prefix. For this, writing est, they must win at Camp Nou.
Barcelona, meanwhile, is clear that tonight has the opportunity to give the final blow to LaLiga. A triumph will elevate the distance with respect to the rojiblancos to unattainable levels, a huge gap for the seven remaining days. The victory will start a new league title, it will be the eighth in 11 years, and allow the Catalan team to focus on the long-awaited Champions, where they are already among the best eight.
Valverde knows that the company is not easy. It is true that El Cholo has never won at the Camp Nou in the Liga, but it is also true that in the last 10 matches the results between both teams have always been very tight. Barcelona does not feel comfortable with the Attico, a team that closes spaces and is lethal to the counter by the speed of its tips.
Beyond LaLiga, the difficulty of facing the rojiblancos is evident in the Champions League. Two of the last four eliminations in the maximum continental competition have been at the hands of the Cholo team. And this is not forgottenin Can Bara, they know that any carelessness can cost you the game.
Some data that force Barcelona to play with the maximum concentration and that his pair of strikers have the day, especially Leo.The Argentinian is the Barça reference and has the rojiblancos as one of his best clients to which he has scored 28 points throughout his career. And a good moment arrives in goal form. Problems in the pubis have not diminished its ability to perform.
Be that as it may,the Atletico is played all in 90 minutes tostay alive in a leaguethat will serve to perfection to begin to heal the wound caused by Juventus in Champions.