It’s the start of a new season, and Atletico Madrid has already made an impression on their La Liga rivals with a performance that many can only appreciate.
Last season, the Rojiblancos were declared league winners after one of the most contested title chases in recent years in Spain’s top division.
Finishing ahead of Real Madrid or Barcelona in a single season is one thing, but finishing ahead of both in La Liga in the same season is a remarkable feat.
Atletico, on the other hand, has done it twice in the last eight years, and they appear to be on course to win La Liga back-to-back this season.
YEEEESSSSS!!!— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 15, 2021
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Atletico Madrid begins their title defense with a win.
Diego Simeone’s team started their title defense with a trip to Celta Vigo on the road. Atletico had to dig deep to win at the Abanca Balaidos Stadium, which has always been a difficult site for visiting teams.
In the end, though, the Rojiblancos triumphed over Celta Vigo, winning 2-1 courtesy to a double from Angel Correa.
Atletico’s performance was far from dominant, but anyone who has seen them over the years knows that domination has never been their style.
Theirs is a hardworking group that gets out onto the field to get the job done. They go into games with only one goal in mind: to win, and they don’t care about how they perform.
Simeone had set his team up to achieve just that on Sunday. Despite having more control than Celta Vigo, Atletico Madrid were more efficient, securing a crucial victory to open the season.
😇 Correa on Matchday 1:— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 15, 2021
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Simeone’s approach and goals will not alter.
If there is one consistency in this Atletico Madrid team, it is their dogmatic style of play, which Simeone has stated repeatedly that he would not modify.
Why should he, now that I think about it? The harsh approach of the Argentinian manager has generated success and several domestic and European trophies, proving to be a winning recipe.
“We are not going to deviate from our course. By game, I mean. We know what it takes to win in La Liga, and we’ll compete as we have for the past nine and a half years,” Simeone said ahead of Atletico Madrid’s season opening, as reported by Football Espana.
“We want to be competitive this season,” says the team. The best thing that may happen to us is that we do not change our fate and that we remain competitive in all areas.
“Improve in the Copa del Rey, improve in the Champions League, and battle to the end for La Liga.”
Atletico Madrid and Simeone are a combination made in heaven, and they can only get better now that they’ve passed the season’s first test.