One Point Separate 3 top in the Powerful La Liga Following a 1-1 draw with Real Betis, Diego Simeone urged Atletico Madrid to “resist” in their La Liga title bid, as the club’s injuries mount.
After sharing the spoils in a dramatic match against Betis on Sunday, Atletico returned to the top of the league, ahead of reigning champions Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid’s fastest goal of the season was scored by Yannick Carrasco in four minutes and 36 seconds. Cristian Tello responded 15 minutes later for European contenders Betis.
Atletico Madrid, who were still missing Luis Suarez, Marcos Llorente, Moussa Dembele, and Geoffrey Kondogbia due to injury, saw star Joao Felix suffer an ankle injury, while full-back Kieran Trippier was forced to substitute him due to a back injury.
“We lost in the second half,” Atletico head coach Simeone said as the injuries mounted. However, I have footballers that go beyond and above.
“We’ve reached a point of resistance. That phrase, “resist,” appeals to me. “Resist, as does the rest of humanity in these trying days.”
Betis had the best of the second half, but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak held firm when called upon, and his counterpart Claudio Bravo made a splendid late save from Angel Correa to save a deserving point.
One Point Separate 3 top in the Powerful La Liga This season, Atletico Madrid has scored 52 goals in 30 league games (1.73 goals per game). Fabio Capello’s Real Madrid last won La Liga with as few or less goals at this point of the season in 2006-07. (42 goals).
This season, Correa has equaled his highest tally of 10 assists in all competitions in his six years at Atletico Madrid (level with 2016-17 campaign). However, the Argentinian has only scored four goals this season, which is his lowest total.
Oblak has made at least three saves in each of Atletico’s last four games in all competitions (14 saves on aggregate, four against Betis) – his longest such streak of the season.
“We’ll see what happens,” Simeone said, “every team has a moment of irregularity, and hopefully we’ve passed it after today’s draw.”
“We’ve held a firm and solid push this season since both Madrid and Barcelona have started to rebound, so we’ll see what happens.”