A well-deserved Italian coach who won the top 5 European championships, and an equally intelligent Argentine who won two La Liga titles, the Spanish Cup and the Super Cup, as well as two European Leagues with a single team, such a confrontation cannot fail to to surprise. What kind of dance will they have to dance today: flamenco, jota or pasodoble?
Tonight at the Wanda Metropolitano at 10:00 p.m. Moscow time, the fundamental Madrid derby will be played in many aspects: Atlético – Real Madrid. This confrontation, in the first place, will be fundamental for the home team. Diego Simeone’s pupils have something to fight for and something to lose. This yes, the ‘real club’ will arrive at the stage with the condition of first champions of Spain. Yes, Creamy will clearly be in high spirits after a completely magical save in the Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City. But the motivation of the “mattress” is much more serious than that of Ancelotti’s team. Real Madrid doesn’t fight for anything and his thoughts are already in Paris. So for the “creamy” this is a prestigious match: not lose face and not give in in the derby after the extravagance that was created just four days ago at the Santiago Bernabéu. Also, losing immediately after winning the title is not in style at all. It is unlikely that this is included in Karl’s plans.
But Atlético de Madrid in this game will have to take into account more prosaic tasks. The rojiblancos have been very uneven this season. As if they couldn’t find their new game. Which, by the way, collides -although until now on a tangent- with the image of the permanent helmsman of Atlético de Madrid, Diego Simeone. The capos of the ‘mattress’ have already had to speak out on several occasions denying the rumors about the separation from El Cholo. It turns out that today’s derby is more than a serious opportunity to prove his worth and compete for the fourth ticket to the Champions of Spain. The first three places are now occupied by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Seville.
By the way, Barça earned their place in the Champions League group stage next season. But the Catalans were ninth in LaLiga until Xavi took charge of the team. This is the question of obstinacy and the strength of desire. Something, and Atlético has always had it to spare. Thus, the rojiblancos are simply obliged not to miss the next Champions League.
Another additional motivation for the ‘rojiblancos’ today is to finally break the vicious circle of failed matches with the ‘real club’. Atlético de Madrid has not beaten Real Madrid in the Spanish championship matches for a long time. More precisely, since 2018. Perhaps Luis Suárez, who will play for the last time today against Real Madrid, will be very angry. After all, he never denied himself the pleasure of punishing the “creamy”.
So, whatever they say, but the victory today is more necessary for Atlético. Especially if you remember the style that accompanied the team in preparation for this match. This, of course, is about the scandal associated with the championship rider. According to a long tradition, before today’s match, the ‘colchonero’ had to pay tribute to the ‘real club’ for an early victory in the Spanish championship. The rojiblancos refused this honor. Stating that honoring a principled opponent is disrespecting your fans. In addition, Real Madrid itself has once refused to follow this tradition. In 2018, the “cream” refused to make a championship runner for Barcelona. And they did not justify themselves to anyone. Unlike Atlético, who had to argue their position before the European football community for two weeks. But, as you know, what is allowed to Jupiter is not allowed to the bull. Although, apparently, the king of Spain himself has been a fan of Atlético for a long time.
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