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Atletico Madrid is now in the Champions League. Atletico Madrid has secured Champions League qualification with two wins over the past few days. Diego Simeone’s team beat Real Madrid last weekend and then defeated Elche on Wednesday.
This was Atletico’s minimum expectation for the new season. However, it’s still a great achievement and something to celebrate.
Atletico will be competing in Europe’s premier competition for the 10th consecutive campaign. This is unprecedented for the club’s history. Atletico was only eight times a participant in the Champions League/European Cup before Simeone became manager. Now they are part of that tournament’s furniture.
At times, some people have wondered if Simeone is taking Atletico far enough. Simeone has been in charge of Atletico for over a decade, which is a long time in modern football. Atletico’s team isn’t necessarily inferior to Real Madrid or Barcelona, so his tendency toward caution can sometimes be annoying. Simeone, the most highly paid manager in the world is expected to be more aggressive.
It is difficult to dispute the Atletico manager’s consistent results. The Colchoneros won 2 La Liga titles, 2 Europa Leagues and reached two Champions League finals during his time as Atletico boss. Although they have more money than Barcelona and Madrid, the budget for them is still much lower. Simeone’s integrity is not questionable, however it is hard to imagine another coach doing a better job at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. To learn more about betting on soccer, see our guide. We provide definitions and general trips as well as suggested strategies.
Sevilla starting to look nervously over Real Betis
For a while, it seemed like Sevilla was a lock for the Champions League. At the end of February, after a 2-1 victory over Real Betis in the derby which extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches, Julen Lopetegui’s side were still in the title race.
A six-point difference separated Real Madrid from them and they looked the underdog in what seemed like a race of two horses. However, an eight point lead over Real Betis meant that a top four finish was possible.
No longer. Sevilla is yet to secure their spot in the Champions League with two more rounds of fixtures. Since that derby win in late February, they have emerged victorious just twice in 10 games.
Their lead over Real Betis now stands at five. Sevilla has the advantage in head-to-head, having won two of the games they played against arch-rivals from the league. A single point would be sufficient to secure a spot in the top four, regardless of what happens with Atletico and Athletic Club.
It would surprise if Sevilla quits now. However, there are many questions that the club must answer heading into the summer. Lopetegui’s future is the most pressing concern. Recent reports suggest that the ex-head coach of Spain could be fired at the conclusion of this campaign. His superiors are concerned about the drop in performance. Lopetegui would not be hurt if Atletico wins on Sunday.
Atletico Can Win Last Home Game to Keep Sevilla Anxious
For all that their points return for much of 2022 is unimpressive, Sevilla are still a tough nut to crack. Lopetegui’s team has been the only one to lose fewer La Liga games than Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Granada. Sevilla has lost only two matches since December’s start, a record Madrid cannot match.
The problem is that Sevilla have drawn too many games: the scores have finished level in 15 of their 36 contests. They could even lose this weekend. Real Mallorca held Sevilla to a scoreless tie in midweek. They have struggled to get the ball into the net lately. Atletico seems to have recovered the defensive strength that had been lost earlier in the campaign.
We recommend that you bet the moneyline for this match. While the form book favors Atletico Madrid winning, home advantage should work in their favour. Simeone will win three straight victories and Sevilla will be sweating for the fourth place.
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How to Watch Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla
Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla Information Teams Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla Location Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain Time Sunday, 15 May 2022, 12. 30 PM EDT How to watch ESPN+