Nine-man Atletico Madrid sputtered to a 0-0 draw at Getafe Sunday in the Spanish league, as Diego Simeone’s team fell further adrift of Real Madrid in their fight for a second-place finish. I really want someone to take Real Madrid down, will it be Atletico Madrid? I’m glad to see Barcelona picking up the pace as they rally behind their cancer suffering coach, it’s quite an amazing thing to watch.
Atletico has only one win in its last five games and failed to match Madrid’s victory from Saturday to fall four points behind the defending champions. Barcelona is cruising to the title 13 points clear.
”The league is long and our rivals are starting the find the way to neutralize us,” said Simeone. ”Perhaps we had more clarity to our play in other moments.”
After a rough first half plagued by fouls and void of scoring chances, Getafe forward Abdelaziz Barrada went closest three minutes after the break when he managed to draw a diving save from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The lucrative berth to play in Europe’s top-tier competitions next season is important for all teams, but even more so for the heavily indebted Valencia whose president Manuel Llorente quit on Friday amid ongoing financial turmoil at the club.
Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde downplayed the institutional upheaval at the club.
”Now there is a small power vacuum, but we, I insist, are already thinking of the next game against Espanyol,” he said.
If Aletico Madrid expects to make it anywhere they need to start now before they fall too far behind. They played good, but a draw isn’t going to cut it down the stretch.