Analysis of the new season's fixture list: Atletico Madrid
The 2013-14 season title winners, Atletico Madrid did not have a great 2014-15 season and went trophy less after losing Diego Costa to the English Champions. But they have slowly built a formidable unit and will want to re-live their success in the upcoming season. Simeone will have already sorted his team out and will want to make them as strong as possible before the start of the season.
In that process, the list of fixtures for the Spanish League will have a great say in the team management. The players and the fans have already analyzed the list and for those who did not, we bring this article to find out if the club has been fortunate with the listings.
August: 22nd Las Palmas (H) ; 30th Sevilla (A)
September: 13th Barcelona (H) ; 20th Eibar (A) ; 23rd Getafe (H) ; 27th Villareal (A)
October: 4th Real Madrid (H) ; 18th Real Sociedad (A) ; 25th Valencia (H) ; 28th Deportivo La Coruna (A)
November: 1st Sporting Gijon (H) ; 8th Real Betis (A) ; 22nd Espanyol (H) ; 29th Granada (A)
Diego Simeone’s men will start their campaign at home to Las Palmas. But they face Sevilla away from home and Barcelona at home in the next two matches. The end of September will see the club travel to Villareal for a crunch clash. In October, they will play the first Madrid Derby followed by games against Real Sociedad and Valencia. After 3 tough months, Atleti have a bit of relief with low profile fixtures all throughout November.
December: 6th Athetic Bilbao (H) ; 13th Malaga (A) ; 20th Rayo Vallecano (A)
January: 3rd Levante (H) ; 10th Celta Vigo (A) ; 17th Las Palmas (A) ; 24th Sevilla (H) ; 31st Barcelona (A)
February: 7th Eibar (H) ; 14th Getafe (A) ; 21st Villareal (H) ; 28th Real Madrid (A)
They will face Bilbao at the start of December. But in January, they will play Sevilla and Barcelona in back to back games. In the next month, they will host Villareal just a week before traveling to the Santiago Bernabeau for the 2nd Madrid Derby of the season in the league. By this time, the club will have finished most of their tough matches and if they are close to a top spot in the league, they have a pretty good chance to challenge the Catalan Giants for the trophy.
March: 2nd Real Sociedad (H) ; 6th Valencia (A) ; 13th Deportivo La Coruna (H) ; 20th Sporting Gijon (A)
April: 3rd Real Betis (H) ; 10th Espanyol (A) ; 17th Granada (H) ; 20th Athletic Bilbao (A) ; 24th Malaga (H)
May: 1st Rayo Vallecano (H) ; 8th Levante (A) ; 15th Celta Vigo (H)
In the beginning of March, they will face Real Sociedad and Valencia within 4 days after the games against Villareal and Real Madrid. So this can easily be a make or break time for the club and if they get through positively, they may well be a force to reckon with in the rest of season as they have no real tough games ahead.
Atletico Madrid will be a bit un-happy with the list of fixtures. They will play most big games back to back which will give them less time to recover after a tough game. This may hurt them in the season but a determined manager may just find the right mix to give the club another trophy this season.
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