Atletico Madrid overtake Real Madrid to claim 2nd spot in La Liga

Atletico Madrid dismantled Cadiz 5-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano courtesy of Antoine Griezmann's brace
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(Football news) Atletico Madrid’s first and second half of the season has been in complete contrast. The Rojiblancos finished bottom of their UCL table and were very inconsistent in La Liga before the World Cup. However Diego Simeone has managed to turn Atletico Madrid’s season around. They are still going to finish trophyless but Atlético Madrid are now in prime position to finish above Real Madrid in La Liga.

The 5-1 demolition of Cadiz has taken Atleti 1 point ahead of Real Madrid in the 2nd position. Real Madrid have the Copa Del Rey final and the UCL semi final which will be their focus whereas Atletico Madrid will have give it their all in these remaining 5 La Liga games.

Diego Simeone didn’t make any changes in the line-up that defeated Real Valladolid. Ivo Grbic had to continue between the sticks as Jan Oblak continued to recover from knock. Geoffrey Kondogbia, Angel Correa and Pablo Barrios were once again left on the bench. Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring inside 2 minutes after being set up by Yannick Carrasco.

Twenty five minutes later Thomas Lemar set up Griezmann who scored again to make it 2-0. Alvaro Morata joined the party in the 2nd half by making it 3-0. Atletico Madrid were awarded a penalty for a handball which was Yannick Carrasco converted the spot kick.

Substitute Anthony Lozano pulled a goal back for Cadiz from an incredible long range effort. However the goal didn’t bother Atletico Madrid as Nahuel Molina scored another just 1 minute later to seal a 5-1 win. Atletico Madrid are yet to play Osasuna and Real Sociedad at home along with Elche, Espanyol and Villarreal away. If they continue to play in this fashion then the Rojiblancos should win each match and finish 2nd. Finsihing 2nd will seal their spot in next year’s Spanish Super Cup.

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