As usual, Atlético de Madrid suffered. But the adage says that victory is all the more beautiful. Led by the score, the Colchoneros were able to turn the tide against Valladolid (1-2), Saturday May 22, during the 38th day of La Liga, and thus won their eleventh Spanish league title.
In this duel for the title between the two enemies of Madrid, it was Atlético who emerged victorious. However, everything had started badly. Dominators, Diego Simeone’s men were quickly led to the score, because of a solo goal from Oscar Plano (1-0, 18th). It was written: to win this 11th coronation in La Liga, the Matelassiers had to suffer. A copy that was certainly a reflection of their season, since, in January, they were ten points ahead of their runner-up, Real Madrid.
But finally, Atlético got out of this trap at José Zorrilla, thanks to his two men in the form of the moment, Angel Correa and Luis Suarez. The first equalized on an individual feat and gave hope to Colchoneros (1-1, 57th). While the second gave the advantage to his team by scoring the winning goal, alone (1-2, 67th). His 21st this season, in the league. Thanks to this success, Thomas Lemar’s teammates won their eleventh Spanish championship title, seven years after the coronation of Diego Godin, David Villa and others.
90 ‘+ 3’ | #RealValladolidAtleti 1⃣-2⃣
– Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 22, 2021
It’s a mental victory for the Merengues. Led by Villarreal after a goal from Yeremi Pino (0-1, 20th), Real Madrid snatched success late in the game in just five minutes, thanks to his old guard. Selected by Didier Deschamps this week to participate in the Euro, Karim Benzema sounded the revolt in Madrid, scoring his 23rd goal of the season, with a flat foot (1-1, 87th). In additional time, Luka Modric gave the advantage to his club (2-1, 90 + 2), on a recovery from the left.
A victory of little consequence, since Raphaël Varane’s teammates finished two points behind Atlético de Madrid, and therefore ended this exercise without a trophy. A white season that is difficult for Zinédine Zidane, whose future in the Spanish capital remains uncertain.