Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

Atletico close on Real Madrid ahead of derby

REAL SOCIEDAD VILLARREAL LALIGA 02192017 Barcelona v Sevilla Betting Tips
Sammy Stanley | 06 April, 2017, 02:01

Barcelona have won their last seven at home, scoring 29 goals in the process, though none of these have been against top-six sides and they've been held to 1-1 draws to the only two visits from such opposition this term, against Real and Atletico.

Atletico are now 10 points in front of fifth-placed Villarreal, the first team out of the qualification zone for the Champions League.

"Since 2017 began, we have been playing much better, a much more balanced team, more consistent in our play", Simeone said.

A fifth straight La Liga victory was secured when Luis exchanged passes with Fernando Torres before slotting past Geronimo Rulli in the 28th minute.

Atletico attempted 13 shots vs Real Sociedad, their highest tally in a first half of a La Liga game this season.

Real Madrid Sociedad's brilliant game in the course of the current season allowed to come to the finish line as one of the favorites and contenders for a ticket to the European Cup.

The day kicked off with Athletic Club Bilbao enjoying a comfortable 2-0 win at home against a decaffeinated Espanyol, which lifts them into sixth position.

Atletico wasted several chances to win by a greater margin, but the result was never in doubt against a rival who slip to seventh place in the league table out of the places which will automatically assure a place in Europe next season. What our kids are doing is still extraordinary, we were nine points below Sevilla, and the team kept working, just looking forward.

Leaders Real Madrid play at Leganes on Wednesday to defend their two-point lead over Barcelona.

Diego Simeone has overseen the rise of numerous impressive forwards at Atletico Madrid and Yannick Carrasco looks to be the next. Aritz Aduriz scored twice in the first half to move Athletic closer to a Europa League spot.

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