The La Liga title race is completely revived after Atlético de Madrid’s defeat in Sevilla (1-0) on Sunday. Barça can return to a point from the Colchoneros on Monday but that does not scare Diego Simeone.
Leader since the end of November, Atlético de Madrid seems to falter in the final sprint. The Colchoneros have almost squandered their entire lead over their two main pursuers. They lost in Seville (1-0) on Sunday and are only three points ahead of Real Madrid, winner against Eibar (2-0), on Saturday. Their margin could be even thinner on Barça who can return to a point in case of victory against Valladolid, this Monday (9 p.m.). Diego Simeone takes his share of responsibility for the failure in Andalusia but is not worried about his team.
“Sevilla started very well, with a lot of traffic in their game, few scoring situations but absolute control over what was going on in the match,” he said after the meeting.
“I know what I’m looking for, I know the way to get there”
He recognizes his error in his team composition as evidenced by the replacement of Renan Lodi by Angel Correa after half an hour of play. “After when a coach decides to make a change in the 30th minute, for me, it’s that he was wrong in the way he answered what he was looking for, he explains.In the second half, we were more ourselves, we had scoring chances, but we didn’t not had the edge that requires this kind of matches. “
“The Spanish league is always tough, until the end,” he continues. “Normally there are two teams fighting for the title, and from time to time we have the opportunity to participate in it too. we have fought well, lately more badly than good, it must be said. But I am sure of what I want, I know what I am looking for, I know the way to get there, and of course, I have no afraid of nothing.”
His team has been idling for just over a month with four draws and two losses in the last ten games. His lead therefore melted as the Colchoneros had eleven points more than their runner-up at the end of January. In the meantime, Thomas Lemar’s teammates were also eliminated in the round of 16 of the Champions League.