It seems like a lifetime ago since we’ve been able to watch an awe-inspiring Jan Oblak dive between the sticks, or see conquistador Koke lead the march up and down the pitch. But in a week’s time, Atlético Madrid and Spanish football fans can again lay witness to all the beautiful game has to offer. With such a long break between games, a refresher from where we left off is warranted.
The last time Atlético played in LaLiga was March 7, a 2-2 draw against Sevilla, where almost all the action took place in the first half. Down 1-0 early on, Diego Simeone’s men pulled ahead with two goals in four minutes. The first was from an Álvaro Morata penalty and the second was a deflected strike from João Félix. With mere minutes left in the first half, Lucas Ocampos scored a penalty of his own to tie the game. Going into the match, it was known that a win could have been a boost for Atlético’s run-in for a coveted Champions League slot, but a draw would have to do.
As it stands, Atlético are sixth place with 45 points. Real Sociedad and Getafe, who both have 46 points, are ahead of Los Colchoneros. Sevilla, with 47, are third. Now with eleven matches left, every minute will count.
Here is how Atleti’s remaining 2019/20 schedule shapes up. All games take place within four days of each other:
Athletic Club home vs. Atlético away
Osasuna vs. Atlético Madrid
Atlético vs. Valladolid
Levante vs. Atlético
Atlético vs. Alavés
Barcelona vs. Atlético
Atlético vs. Mallorca
Celta Vigo vs. Atlético
Atlético vs. Real Betis
Getafe vs. Atlético
Atlético vs. Real Sociedad
It is hard to miss that July is filled with high-profile matchups. Atlético will face off against first place Barcelona and will end the month against Getafe and Real Sociedad, who are in fifth and fourth place respectively. Knowing this makes the games leading up to the season’s climax all the more important.
These next 11 matches will be interesting, to say the least, especially when factoring the nearly three month-long break between games. Before June 14 rolls around, I suggest checking out Jeremy Beren’s article going over what to look for as the season resumes and continuing to check in here for all Atlético updates. There should be plenty