Atlético and Real Sociedad, duel of height and calculator

Those of ‘Cholo’ want to be second and those of Bailiff, to secure the Champions League


Atlético de Madrid receives Real Sociedad this Sunday (7:00 p.m.) in the penultimate matchday of LaLiga Santander, the last match at the Civitas Metropolitano for the rojiblancos as an extra incentive in search of continuing to fight for second place, while the Basques want to tie the ‘Champions’.

The duel is undoubtedly high, second against third, without, with two games to go, order being assured. Diego Pablo Simeone’s men aspire to overcome a Real Madrid team that did its homework on Saturday by beating Sevilla (1-2), scoring four points of rent.

Thus, Atlético has to beat Real if they want to continue opting for a great climb and improvement in the second round. The goal of playing in the next Champions League is at least assured in those of ‘Cholo’, but not in those of Imanol Alguacil. “Winning against a bestial Atlético would be the best way to go to the Champions League,” said the Basque coach in the preview.

The triumphant march of the rojiblancos is true that it was the highlight after the World Cup, but Simeone’s men unexpectedly dropped points in the defeat against Elche and the draw against Espanyol in recent days. In the heat of his fans, Atleti hopes to recover cruising speed and serve up a good last performance this season for the Metropolitan.

Meanwhile, the ‘txuri-urdin’ team, which will close the season at the Reale Arena against Sevilla, wants to put the icing on the cake at home in a demanding place. With a streak of seven games without losing, the ‘Champions’ is one point away for those from San Sebastián, if Villarreal fulfilled in their two games, the return to the highest continental competition 10 years later.

Those of Alguacil come from beating Real Madrid and Barça in a decisive stretch that has almost won the jackpot. A Real that has been fixed in a European position with the Basque coach, but that this year is close to taking another step, a giant one. In the first leg, Morata put Madrid ahead and Sadiq made the final 1-1 an eternity ago, on matchday four of the League.



ATHLETIC MADRID: Grbic; Molina, Witsel, Hermoso, Gimenez, Carrasco; Saul, Koke, DePaul; Correa and Griezmann.

REAL SOCIEDAD: Emiro, Aritz, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Diego Rico; Zubimendi, Merino; Brais, Kubo, Sörloth and Oyarzabal.

–REFEREE: Pulido Santana (C. Gran Canaria).

–STADIUM: Metropolitan Civitas

–TIME: 7:00 p.m./Movistar LaLiga.