09/18/2021 at 10:05 AM CEST
Cholo Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid receives Athletic Club on the fifth day of LaLiga after the setback (0-0) against Porto in the Champions League. After beating RCD Espanyol by the minimum in minute 99, the team from the capital wants to certify their favoritism to the title against one of the most uncomfortable rivals in the championship.
The mattresses, which they incorporated Antoine Griezmann in the last hours of the transfer marketThey have a great squad to maintain hegemony against Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Seville, the other three great aspirants. Despite the stumble against Villarreal, the Madrilenians remain undefeated and share the lead with Valencia and Real Madrid.
The lions, for their part, started with some doubts and draws against Elche and FC Barcelona, but the victories against Celta de Vigo and RCD Mallorca have launched the team, who wants to forget the two defeats in the 2020 and 2021 Copa del Rey finals and improve their level in the regular tournament, something that they did not achieve at any time last season.
A victory that has been resisting for a decade
Athletic Club has never won at the Wanda Metropolitano before and it has not defeated Atlético de Madrid at home for more than a decade. The last time was in the 2010/11 season, when they won 0-2 with a double from Gaizka Toquero. Since then, taking into account both LaLiga and Copa del Rey, 10 defeats and a draw in eleven visits.
The lions have before them a unique opportunity: to take advantage of the doubts that the team showed in Europe to get a historic victory and release the Wanda Metropolitano, where not only have they not won, but they have always lost: four defeats in four visits.