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What has gone wrong with Atletico Madrid?

Sun 15 May 2022 | 7:23

Atletico Madrid’s drop in form has been dramatic and obviously, incredibly worrying for the regular matchday goers to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Indeed, in the space of 12 months, Los Colchoneros have gone from hoisting aloft the La Liga title to desperately trying to scramble into the top four before the season ends.

Whilst

potential Champions League

qualification is still seen as a relatively successful season for Atleti, there have been notable shortcomings in the performances of Diego Simeone’s men. Essentially, what has gone wrong, and is this symbolic of a greater problem within the club?

To start with, Simeone’s men have lost that famed defensive solidity that made them the champions of Spain and helped them reach a Champions League

final in 2014

and 2016. Tellingly, no club in the top eight of the La Liga table have conceded more than Atleti’s 41 goals after 35 matches. For a team that typically sets up not to lose, this is a terrifying stat that suggests that the club have lost the identity that Simeone has tirelessly spent 11 years cultivating. 

There is, of course, an argument to be made about the Argentine trying to accommodate his plethora of attacking options which has resulted in a neglect of the team’s defensive duties, and yes, there may be a degree of truth to that. The obvious problem here is that the form

of summer signing

Rodrigo de Paul, Luis Suarez, Joao Felix, and Antoinne Griezmann has been patchy at best, which has, unsurprisingly, resulted in Alteti being easy to score against whilst being largely toothless at the other end of the pitch. 

This

poor scoring record

in front of goal is a scenario that can, of course, change, should Rojiblancos find that elusive fluidity in the final third when the 2022/2023 La Liga season kicks off.

Furthermore, another point to consider is that the

best betting sites

which can be found on this list after being put through a rigorous review process, all back Simeone’s men to finish in the top four next season. This shouldn’t be lost on anymore trying to pinpoint if there could be a lasting problem at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, given that these all sites which feature in-depth La Liga markets owing to the competition's popularity, feel that Atleti are closer to clicking than falling apart. 

Time will naturally tell if Simeone can return this club to the summit of Spanish football as he did in 2021, even if the current consensus is that Atleti are merely a few tweaks away from finding their momentum again. 

Whilst the solution could be as straightforward as that, dynasties do come and go in sport and after being in charge for over a decade, Simeone may have lost the golden touch in Madrid’s capital.


source: SportMob

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