LaLiga Simeone can see how far his team have come
Atletico Madrid are up against it when they return from the November international break. Diego Simeone’s side face a number of crunch fixtures, with at least two games a week.
The first of those matches comes on Saturday as they host Lionel Messi’s Barcelona at the Wanda Metropoitano. The Argentine netted the winner the last time Los Rojiblancos were beaten at home almost one year ago.
Atletico will not be able to call on Luis Suarez against his former club after the striker tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Uruguay.
After Barcelona are out of the way, some attention will veer towards the Champions League game against Bayern Munich scheduled for December 1. Depending on what happens against Lokomotiv Moscow the week before, Simeone’s men could already had qualified for the knockout stages.
Nevertheless, taking on the European champions will be a good way for El Cholo to measure how far his team have progressed this season, considering they were beaten 4-0 at the Allianz Arena earlier in the group stages.
Then, on December 13, it’s the first Madrid derby of the season. Atletico will go up against defending LaLiga Santander champions Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Before then, they have to negotiate league fixtures against Valencia at Mestalla and Real Valladolid at home, as well as Saturday’s game against Barcelona.
Before the November international break, Atletico had been inconsistent in the two competitions they were participating in. In LaLiga Santander, they were excellent, beating Real Betis, Celta Vigo, Osasuna and Cadiz, but in the Champions League, they struggled to beat RB Salzburg, failed to beat Lokomotiv and were hammered at Bayern.