Previa Atlético de Madrid vs Athletic Club


The struggle for the league title is hotting up and Atletico know it. Diego Simeone’s team have reduced the difference with the leaders to 7 points. Now more than ever the league title is a possibility for Los Colchoneros. There’s no better place for a new stab at the league than at home in the Metropolitano. Atletico have played their last two games away: at the Rosaleda last weekend and in Copenhagen for the mid-week European outing. Athletic Bilbao, however, are by no means an easy opponent. The Lions also return from European travels, in their case, an icy journey to Moscow. But Kuko Ziganda will be hoping to make a virtue out of necessity, as after the goalless draw at San Mames against relegation strugglers Las Palmas, the need for his team to put points on the board has become even greater. “Obviously we’d like to have more points, and not be going through a poor run of form. But that’s the way things are and we’ve no choice but to accept it. The important thing is that the club don’t ever give up and keep trying even it’s with more heart than head. If we do that, things are bound to get better” Athletic will be missing two vital players due to suspension: Aduriz, a living legend at the club, still playing at 37 years of age and Raul Garcia, who will not be in the squad for a visit to the club where he spent so many years. It’s a case of hope versus necessity. Atletico Madrid – Athletic Bilbao, a team fighting for the league title faces a team struggling for survival at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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