Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao should be one of the most interesting games of La Liga at the 10th Round, which will be held at Wanda Metropolitano, in Madrid. Both teams struggling in the attack, however, showing great skills in defence so far. Both have troubles while playing in La Liga. These teams have absolutely identical goal difference after 9 matches, as both scored 8 and conceded 5 goals. Are we will see a draw match once again or teams will start to play more open football? Read our thoughts about this exciting Primeira Division Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao match, here below.
Atletico Madrid even losing several great defensive players which showed one of the most strongest Wolrd’s defences like Diego Godin, Filipe Luis, Juanfran, Rodri and Lucas Hernandez, still shows even better defence. Players know well, what Diego Simeone wants from them and show it the best. Maybe this football is not very attractive, but it gives the needed result for the team. At the moment, Atletico stands at 5th place in La Liga, of course having big chances to up in the table, as they are only 3 points behind Barcelona, which took 1st place after Real Madrid fail against Mallorca. This year, Primeira is very unpredictable, as almost all clubs struggling somehow, and have lots of weaknesses. Only two teams in La Liga have less than 2 defeats, and both clubs are from Madrid. However, with 4 draws out of 5 last games, Atletico has fewer points than their constant rivals Real.
In general, Madrid conceded 3 goals in the last 8 games in different competitions. In Champions League they drew the match over the Juventus but won against Lokomotiv and Bayern Leverkusen a few days ago. That win was very important for them, as they would face big troubles if finally match finished with 0:0 result. At the moment, Juventus and Atletico Madrid have the same amount of points and confidently taking first 2 lines in Champions League Group D standings. Even playing strong defensive football, sometimes the forgetting to score goals. In the last 7 games, they finished with 0:0 result in 3 matches already.
Unfortunately, Sime Vrsaljko, Stefan Savic and Joao Felix will miss next game due to injuries.
Los Leones with Gaizka Garitano finished last year at 8th place, so European competitions this season are missing for them. This could be a great opportunity to prepare for matches against such strong opponents better, but also lack of motivation can give effect on their game. During the last 4 matches in La Liga, they showed a lack of professionalism. They started this season as strong as it was possible. They even were in the first place for some time, however, lost and drew 4 last games and dropped to 8th place. Even having players like Inaki Williams, Raul Garcia and Iker Muniain they scored only 2 goals in the last 4 games, not playing against stronger opponents at all. At the beginning of the season, they won over Barcelona, which could give them extra mental strength. Unfortunately, that was not enough for taking advantage for a longer time in Primeira.
Yuri Berchiche and Ibai Gomez will miss next game due to injuries.
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