Speaking of Atlético Madrid, they were not a very strong team in the past, having been relegated to the second division. La Liga was supposed to be a two-strong league consisting of Real Madrid and Barcelona, but in the 2000s, Atletico Madrid established itself as a powerhouse. Why has Atletico Madrid become so strong?
Who is Atlético Madrid?
Atletico Madrid is a professional soccer club based in Madrid, the capital of Spain. The home uniform is a red and white vertically striped shirt and blue shorts, and these colors are also reflected in the stadium. Atlético Madrid is said to be the club with the second largest number of supporters in Spain, and is quite popular within Spain as well. It became a powerhouse club in the 2010s, and is positioned as a powerhouse on a par with Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Their home stadium will be the Estadio Metropolitano, which has a capacity of 67,000 people. Therefore, it can be said to be quite large among the stadiums in the European leagues. Season tickets cost 65,000 and most seats will be filled by season ticket holders.
In the case of Real Madrid, which is also based in Madrid, its supporters are often relatively wealthy people. However, in the case of Atlético Madrid, it is said that there are many supporters from the working class. It is also said to have the highest number of socios in Spain.
Atlético de Madrid’s nickname is simply
Atletico'' or sometimes calledColchoneros” (mattresses). In other countries, the name “Rojiblancos” refers to red and white, which refers to the uniforms and team colors.
Atletico Madrid’s strength and Simeone
Atlético Madrid is a team that has experienced relegation to the second division, and at one point was a club that appeared to be in the top ranks, but it was not stable. For this reason, when it came to LaLiga, it was generally understood that Real and Barcelona were the two sides. However, in the 2010s, the team entered a period of major change. It was Diego Simeone who made the big breakthrough. Since his arrival, Atlético Madrid have become regulars in the top flight and are regulars in the UEFA Champions League.
Diego Simeone is a former Argentina national team soccer player who was a midfielder during his playing days. He played for Atletico Madrid from 1994 to 1997. He joined Atletico Madrid in 2011. Initially, it was a one-and-a-half-year contract, but in his first year in office he won the Europa League, then the UEFA Super Cup, the Copa del Rey in 2013, and the La Liga title in the 2013-14 season. He was also supported by his supporters and succeeded in building a long-term government. He has managed over 600 games, the most by a manager in Atlético’s history.
Atletico Madrid’s greatest strength lies in their stable defense. The strategy, which emphasizes a balance between offense and defense based on a 4-4-2 formation, leaves almost no gaps, and the number of situations in which the team concedes goals has drastically decreased. Atletico Madrid is said to have the strongest 4-4-2 defensive block in the world. This is because Atletico Madrid concede fewer goals each year. While Real and Barcelona use aggressive attacking tactics, Atletico Madrid takes the opposite approach.
High organizational skills
One of Atlético Madrid’s strengths is their high level of organization. All the players are working hard, and if there is a hole, a replacement player is always available to cover it. Furthermore, they use skillful passwork to break down their opponents, so they are not a team that simply throws in long balls, so opposing teams tend to have trouble dealing with them. As the fighting style does not depend on any individual, it is quite sophisticated as an organization.
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