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    Atlético, to catch up with Madrid and Seville

    Real Madrid’s home draws against Osasuna and Sevilla in Mallorca give Atlético de Madrid the opportunity to catch up with his two great rivals tonight in the fight for the title, with Barcelona off the hook. However that happens to win in Orriols Levante, one of the teams that is worst given to the Cholo Simeone, and that accumulates no less than 18 consecutive league games without winning.

    At the first change, the rojiblancos have the opportunity to recover the two points of disadvantage that Real Madrid and Sevilla took from them last day and force a triple tie at 21 points. Betis, a visitor to the Metropolitano on Sunday, and who has already played this day against Valencia, and Real Sociedad, who have their match against Celta pending today, have that same dating by the way. He will become the solo leader again, whatever happens in Levante-Atlético, with a simple draw in Balaídos.

    In this scenario, the shock of the City of Valencia, with Levante already with water up to their necks and with Atlético in need of a victory that will return them to the full fight for the title. Still Simeone’s numbers in the field frog do not invite optimism: Cholo has visited the stadium of Orriols nine times and has only been able to win twice, 0-5 in the 17-18 season and 0-1 in the 19-20. On the other hand, it has yielded four draws, the last one last year, and has suffered four defeats. One of them, by the way, the 2-0 of the 13-14 season, was about to leave him without the league title.

    Atlético comes to the game with the losses of Llorente, Lemar and Kondogbia, but at least get back to Savic, which gives the coach enormous relief on defense because he is suffering so much behind this season. In fact, one of the goals that the coaching staff has set for itself is that tonight’s clash is the first away from home of the season in which the team is left with a clean sheet, since so far he has conceded a goal in each and every one of his trips, both in the League and in the Champions League.

    The presence in midfield of the Mexican Hector Herrera It is emerging as the main novelty of the team, at least from what has been glimpsed in recent training sessions. The former Porto player would replace Rodrigo De Paul, to which Simeone would give rest. For the rest, it returns to the line of three centrals, after the regression to 4-4-2 against Real Sociedad did not go well, and at the top the triplet formed by Luis Suarez, Griezmann and Joao. The Uruguayan has six goals in the League, but neither the French nor the Portuguese have yet made their debut in the domestic championship.

    Levante, meanwhile, comes to the game with all the alarms on The team led by the Badajoz Javier Pereira, substitute for Paco Lopez, take nothing less than 18 consecutive league games without winning, since they defeated Eibar on April 10. Almost seven months have passed since then and now he comes to the clash against Atlético in relegation position. For them they are also three vital points.


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