Granada spoils Simeone's celebration of ten years in charge of Atletico and threatens his hopes of retaining the championship
Leaders Real Madrid are moving confidently towards regaining the Spanish title after their 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao with the French double Karim Benzema in a match presented from the 21st stage of the league, while Atletico Madrid suffered a fourth consecutive loss in a match postponed from the ninth stage at the hands of its host Granada with the same result. spoiling the Argentine coach's celebration of 10 years in the leadership of the team.
Real consolidated its position at the top of the standings with 46 points (14 victories, 4 draws and 1 loss), eight points ahead of the second Seville, taking advantage of the latter’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Tuesday. It is also 13 points ahead of Real Betis, the third. Athletic Bilbao occupies tenth place with 24 points.
At the San Mamés stadium, Benzema scored two quick goals in the 4th and 7th minutes. To prove once again his golden metal, as he raised his score to 15 goals this season as the top scorer in “La Liga”, and to become the fourth player in the history of the Spanish League to score 30 goals or more within one year. On the other hand, Ohian Sanset scored for Bilbao in the 10th minute.
Real Madrid coach Carl Ancelotti expressed his happiness with his team’s journey in the first half of the season, but warned that there is still a long way to go before talking about crowning the royal club with the title. After the match, Ancelotti said: “The win means a lot to us because of the absences caused by the Corona virus. We have to highlight that, it’s the Nacho match, Lucas Vazquez, Eduardo Camavinga, Eden Hazard and Federico Valverde, they all played a great match.”
He added: “Most of the time it was a great match of efficiency and commitment, that’s the most important thing for me, that’s as important as the three points, and what we always count on.” When asked about his team’s chances of winning the title, he said: “We’ve done very well, but it’s a long way to go. We’ll see if we can win a title. It’s essential at this club, but now we have a week off, we deserve it.”
Granada dealt a severe blow to Atletico Madrid, the defending champion, and its Argentine coach, Diego Simeone, who celebrated yesterday the tenth anniversary of his leadership of the team, after inflicting him a fourth consecutive defeat in the league, with a score of 1-2 in a match postponed from the ninth stage. Atletico suffered its fourth loss in a row after falling to Real Mallorca (1-2), Real Madrid 0-2 and Seville (1-2), so the Spanish champions lost more and more chances to return to the title battle, as they ranked fifth with 29 points equally with Real Sociedad sixth, one point ahead of Barcelona seventh.
As for the Andalusian team, it won a historic victory at the expense of Atletico for the first time in 48 years in all competitions, and remained for the fifth match in a row without a loss, advancing three places from the fifteenth to the twelfth with 22 points.
Simeone did not wish to celebrate his rare achievement with the passage of a decade as coach of Atletico in this way, as the star-studded team is going through a period that requires a quick review before the start of the second leg.
Since Simeone took over the leadership of the team, he succeeded in establishing his place among the big three in Spain, accompanied by Real Madrid and Barcelona, to change the modern history of the Spanish League.
Simeone managed to lead Atletico to win eight titles, including two titles in the Spanish League and two titles in the European League, and twice ascended the team to the Champions League final, despite the fact that his club’s budget is much less than the budget of his big rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
After 10 years in the second pole of the capital, Argentine Diego Simeone is “crazy”, but in the positive sense of the word, given the passion, enthusiasm and enthusiasm that define the coach’s personality.
Atletico Madrid has fasted for the Spanish League title since 1996, when it was crowned with Simeone in its ranks as a player, content with watching the two giants Barcelona and Real Madrid monopolize the podium. Diego returned to the team that defended his colors in two phases from 1994 to 1997 and then from 2003 to 2005, but this time as a coach in December 2011 in the hope of transferring his enthusiasm, dash and even madness to the players of the team nicknamed “Los Rojiblancos”.
When the Argentine took over the leadership of Atletico, the team was in ninth place in the league competitions and had just been eliminated from the local cup competition by Albechetti, but he finished the season crowned with the European League title “European League” at the expense of the local rival Athletic Bilbao and his Argentine coach also Marcelo Bielsa (3 Zero).
Led by players such as Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Uruguayan Diego Godin, Turkish Arda Turan, Koke (still with the team) and Colombian Radamel Falcao, Atletico finished the league in a positive way after making his way to fifth place, winning the European Super Cup at the expense of Chelsea, the champions of the Champions League He swept 4-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Falcao. In 2013. Atletico made the best league start in its history after winning the first eight games, and continued its good results until eventually succeeded in winning the league title for the first time since 1996 thanks to a draw in the last stage against Barcelona with Godin’s header. Not only did Atletico shine locally, but reached the Champions League final for the first two consecutive times, but the end was dramatic, as it lost to arch-rival Real Madrid 1-4 and then on penalties. In 2018, he was crowned again with the European League title (European League), to get the coach the reward by extending his contract until 2020.
And in the summer of 2018, thanks to winning the European Super Cup at the expense of Real Madrid and its French coach Zinedine Zidane, Simeone became the coach with the most titles in the history of Atletico against Luis Aragones. But the capital club came out of that season empty-handed in terms of titles.
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