Atletico Madrid vs Valladolid Preview: Atletico Madrid Focus More On La Liga Title

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Updated: February 12, 2014
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A depressing defeat from Almeria and the failure to defend their Copa del Rey title, inspires the online betting pick, Atletico Madrid to go out for a win when they go against Real Valladolid. They may have lost the chance to win such silverware, but they can still, snatch the coveted La Liga trophy for this season.

 

Match Date: 15 February 2014 (local time)
Venue: Vicente Calderon

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Atletico Madrid

A disappointing exit at the Copa del Rey final marked Atletico Madrid’s second consecutive loss within the week. Back in the domestic league, they were outlasted by Almeria, which kept a clean sheet against them and scored two (2) goals. The said defeat prevented them from establishing a formidable lead against Barcelona and Real Madrid, thus, making the title race more difficult than ever.

 

With the said result, there is nothing extraordinary to see Diego Simeone linger in disappointment. The club’s head honcho expressed that things “did not go as planned.” Nevertheless, he acknowledged and praised his players’ reaction after the humiliation at Vicente Calderon.

 

On the other hand, Jose Sosa, who was one of the key figures in the match, stated that they have to redirect their focus on more pressing issues such as the upcoming match against Real Valladolid.

 

Atletico Madrid has only lost once in their last six (6) matches. In terms of their home performance, the club was able to keep 6 clean sheets during their last eight (8) matches. It is still unsure if Javier Manquillo will make it to the Valladolid clash. Manquillo landed on his neck after an aerial challenge against Cristiano Ronaldo. Manquillo remains under observation to determine the extent of his injury.

 

Real Valladolid

Juan Ignacio Martinez praised his club’s resilience after a late rally that forced Elche to settle for an even steven finish.

 

Just when the Pucelas thought that it was all over, Osorio stood up to the challenge and scored two (2) important goals that prevented them for further slipping into the relegation zone. They will also use their recent victory as inspiration when they meet the strong Atletico Madrid.

 

Real Valladolid currently sit on the 18th spot of the table and are three (3) points short from veering away in the league’s rock bottom pit.

 

Prediction: Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone’s side plays the strongest at home. They have been successful in their last thirteen (13) home matches. Beating them in their own territory is a difficult endeavor for a Valladolid, which has already lost its last seven (7) away matches.
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