Atletico Madrid Aragones would be proud
Luis Aragones always knew how important it was to end a season strongly.
“Goals are achieved in the last 10 games,” he so often said during his career.
That phrase became his own so much so that the final phase of a LaLiga Santander season become known as Luis’ LaLiga.
The Atletico Madrid legend’s words have now been adopted by Diego Simeone, who said this week that “the end [of the season] will determine if we’ve been good”.
With Los Rojiblancos‘ win against Levante, Simeone matched Aragones‘ 194 wins on the Atletico bench, joining him as the coach to have won more games than anyone else in charge of the club.
“At no point would I have thought that I’d be competing with Luis,” Simeone said.
“He’d be happy, wherever he is.”
Before the break there were four teams looking to join the Clasico pair in next season’s Champions League – Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Getafe and Atletico Madrid.
Leaving round 28 aside, we’ll take a look at the four clubs’ form.
Atletico have hit the ground running and picked up each of the last nine points on offer, scoring seven goals and conceding none, while Sevilla have dropped six points in that same time by drawing with Levante, Barcelona and Villarreal.
Getafe, too, have struggled, drawing against Espanyol, Eibar and Real Valladolid whereas La Real have lost against Alaves, Real Madrid and Celta Vigo in their last three outings and even slipped below Villarreal in the table.
Things have turned around for Simeone and Atleti, who have climbed from sixth place to third and now boast a six-point cushion between themselves and fifth-placed Getafe.