Outside of the Spanish Cup and 12 points away from Real Madrid in the league, Atletico Madrid remains only Champions League • Tonight (10pm) awaits her in the eighth European Champions Final
Simeone. Will you spend anything this season?
With 12 points away from Real Madrid in first place, with one win in the last seven games in all frames, outside the Spanish Cup and after a loss in the Super Cup final, the Champions League is the last thing left for Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone this season. To her great grief, tonight (22:00) she is in the eighth European Champions League final.
In fact, when analyzing all of the eighth finals, it's hard to find a meeting where two teams come in such opposite directions. While Atlético is faltering, suffering injuries that strike eight players and finding it difficult to find the net, Liverpool seems unable to miss it.
For tonight's meeting in Wanda Metropolitan, the team of Jurgen Klopp comes on a completely full roster, with a succession of 17 league victories and a 25-point gap over second-placed Manchester City. Although her only loss of the season (in full composition) came in the home game against Naples, it was five months ago, and what is more is that Atletico lost twice this season at home in the Champions League - against Juventus and against Leverkusen.
"I know we can put out a good result," Klopp said of the power relationship, "but Athletico is a team that in every situation makes things more difficult." Not surprisingly, this is the Colchonros game plan: to disrupt the European Champions game.
"We know how we can hurt Liverpool. We know its strengths and weaknesses," Seoul said in an interview with the English media. "We always transcend big groups and I'm sure tonight will be an amazing atmosphere as well."
Simeone will need every drop of help. Beyond the poor fitness of his team, she will be missing patient Joao Felix when Diego Costa did first training after three months out. Athletico couldn't have been a bigger underdog, and maybe that's what she needed to finally reach the current season.