Atletico Madrid Roberto Palomar gives his opinion
Scoring two goals from two half chances without conceding a single opportunity to the opponent is a way to win a title, but Diego Simeone didn’t invent it. That approach to winning a league, as Atletico Madrid could do, has been done forever.
Winning a title involves winning when you’re the better team and winning when you’re not. Winning when you have a great day and winning when you don’t; when you dominate a game and when you suffer.
Atletico are managing both better than anyone this season. Before their loss against Real Madrid in the derby, they were overwhelmingly in front. Since falling at Valdebebas, they’re a little less showy, but just as effective.
The side still have that characteristic that Simeone loves so much: they have spirit, and they’re tough to break down. The win at Alaves showed that.
With Luis Suarez, they have a striker who sometimes doesn’t look at his best, but he is often where he needs to be and scores goals that others don’t.
Lucas Vazquez always has the air of an employee of the month, or an intern who just arrived at the office and is ready to help however is needed. He has shown his importance again to Real Madrid recently.
The same has happened with Nacho Fernandez. It was thanks to these two players, and Marco Asensio’s return, that Real Madrid claimed a victory against Celta Vigo.
Barcelona beat Huesca with very little aim. Their play wasn’t great, but they did just enough.
Ousmane Dembele looks better all the time, and Antoine Griezmann keeps falling out of favour.
Lionel Messi, though, did what he does.