In this round, Real Madrid suddenly fell off the horse at home. The 2-3 reverse defeat of coach Carlo Ancelotti’s teachers and students against Villarreal not only made them almost lose to the top team Barca in the race to the La Liga championship this season, but also led to the risk of losing the second place in the table. .
That’s because Atletico took full advantage of Real Madrid’s slip to shorten the gap. During the trip to Vallecano’s field in the same round, coach Diego Simeone’s students won 2-1. It was a match where the red and white half of Madrid led by 2 goals in the first half with the goalscorers being defenders.
Real Madrid is currently only 2 points ahead of Atletico. This is hard to believe because 5 rounds ago, coach Simeone’s army was still “smelled” by the Royal team with a distance of up to 10 points. At that time, Atletico was even struggling to stay in the Top 4 in La Liga.
Real Madrid created an opportunity for rivals in the same city to rise up. Only in the last 5 rounds, there were 3 matches where they lost points. Before losing 2-3 at home to Villarreal, coach Ancelotti’s team lost 1-2 in the El Clasico match in round 26 at Camp Nou. In the 24th round of La Liga, they were held to a goalless draw at Betis’ field.
Meanwhile, Atletico seem to have regained their identity with extremely sharp counter-attacking play. The 3 points won on the field of Vallecano last weekend is the 5th consecutive victory of the red and white half of Madrid in La Liga. In particular, there are matches where Mr. Simeone’s students are very sublime such as beating Sevilla to 6-1 or winning 3-0 against Valencia.
In this season, Atletico once had a time when just wanting to be in the Top 4 was enough. But now that the flag has come, surely they are not only satisfied with a place in the Champions League next season, but also want to take the second place of Real Madrid. The gap of 2 points is not impossible to level, in the context of coach Ancelotti’s army is in decline as it is today.
It must be emphasized that Real Madrid still has to share the fire for the Champions League front. In the next 3 matches, they have to play the first leg and return to rivals Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Due to the determination that this is the ultimate goal to be achieved this season, the home team will put all their efforts. Therefore, it is possible that they will continue to “neglect” the La Liga arena.
Meanwhile, Atletico only have to devote themselves to a single front this season, La Liga. Therefore, they will be more or less comfortable both mentally and physically. It must be emphasized that Mr. Simeone’s students are very “in shape”.
The red and white half of Madrid not only improved its defense, but also regained its offensive power. Not only strikers like Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa, but also many players in different positions such as Thomas Lemar, Yannick Carrasco, Mario Hermoso, Nahuel Molina… all “shot”.
Hermoso this season “plows” as 3 seasons ago
With Vallecano’s goal, defender Mario Hermmoso has 4 goals for Atletico in all competitions this season. That goal record is equal to the number of goals for Madrid’s red and white half of the previous 3 seasons combined. Hermoso’s scoring form is reminiscent of former centre-back Diego Godin previously at the Metropolitano.