Simeone, an expert lion tamer in Madrid

The visits of the Athletic al Athletic in recent years they tend to be a toothache for the mattress set. And although this time (Saturday, 4.15 pm) no less is expected, the truth is that reviewing the statistics it is observed that favoritism is for those of Diego Simeone.

Because Cholo has become an expert lion tamer in Madrid, where he does not know the defeat against the Basque team. And that there have been eleven attempts by Athletic to take the three points first from Vicente Calderón and after Metropolitano. But there has been no way.

The balance is very favorable for Atlético, with ten wins and a single draw, the one achieved by the Biscayan in the 14/15 season. A 0-0 on the banks of the Manzanares that has become the only occasion that Athletic has managed to get something positive by visiting Simeone’s men. Went with Valverde on the bench, in a game in which the lions finished with ten by expulsion of Bustinza for double yellow. The rest, all mattress victories.

To highlight the 4-0 of 12/13, with a hat-trick of Falcao and the same from Tiago, on 3-1 of 16/17, in what was the last official match of Vicente Calderón, with a double of Fernando Torres and Correa throwing the blind to the Manzanares stadium or the 3-2 of the 18/19, already in the Metropolitan, with the ‘goal of the lame’ of Diego Godin, in an appointment that Atlético had lost in the 80th minute. Last year Athletic returned to lead on the scoreboard by means of Muniain but the colchoneros achieved the comeback with the goals of Luis Suarez and Marcos Llorente.

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