Atletico Madrid’s season gaining speed and strength Los Rojiblancos are currently second in the table, tied on points with leaders Real Sociedad with a game in hand

Their victory over Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night will have given them new momentum It was their very first win over Barcelona in La Liga under Cholo Simeone, and it will serve as a warning to the rest of the division that the title charge is very active

City rivals Real Madrid lost two points to Villarreal earlier in the afternoon, while underdogs Sevilla also started off slow Atleti, however, were reportedly shocked by Barcelona’s poverty throughout their 1-0 win over the Catalans

“The Atletico players thought they were hallucinating the rival they had found in front of them,” David G Medina wrote to Marca

“Even the team’s veterans can’t remember such a poor and listless version of BarcelonaSimeone showed more hunger and a better football plan than Barcelona, ​​who despite losing 1-0 feel very far from Atletico

“Collectively and individually, in 50/50 balls and in duels, on the one hand there was determination and on the other there was indifference

“Barcelona were so relaxed that they allowed the substitutes to have conversations when they should be focusing on a tense game, which is unthinkable in Simeone’s philosophy Diego Costa, for example, was passionately involved in the game from the stands despite being a substitute

“This attitude gave Atletico its wings, with the hosts really present at Barcelona at the start of the second half when it should have been the other way around given that it was the Catalans who were behind in the table on board

“By the time they finally connected it was too late Gerard Pique’s injury hit them and their last push never bothered Atletico, who started and ended the game with a knife between them. teeth”

Barcelona will need to recover quickly They face two consecutive weeks of Champions League clashes abroad – this Tuesday in Ukraine and the following Wednesday in Hungary

In between, they will face Osasuna and Cadiz in La Liga, two clubs who regard games against Barcelona and Real Madrid as free kicks and lick their lips at the prospect of adding an insult to their injury

Atleti will host Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday before a move to another fallen giant, Valencia, in La Liga Next, Simeone’s men host back-to-back matches against Bayern Munich and Valladolid Los Rojiblancos fans hope keep the train moving

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