Turning our focus to Atlético Madrid

04 may 2018
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OM will play Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Europa League final on 16 May in Lyon. It’s time to turn our focus toward the Spanish team.

Atlético Madrid qualified for the Europa League final by beating Arsenal (1-1 at the Emirates Stadium, 1-0 in the second leg at home). A Spanish club founded in 1903, Atlético Madrid qualified for the UEFA Champions League in the 2017-2018 season but finished third in Group C and Diego Simeone’s men were thus qualified for the Europa League. The Spaniards then successively eliminated FC Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, Sporting Lisbon and Arsenal.

The Madrilenians are regulars in the European finals after recently playing in two Champions League finals, in 2014 and in 2016, falling both times against Real Madrid.

Ten-time Spanish champion Atletico Madrid has two Europa League titles (2010, 2012), two UEFA Super Cups (2010, 2012) and a European Cup Winners' Cup (1962).

The Spanish club is currently second in La Liga behind FC Barcelona after 35 matches (22 wins, 9 draws, 4 defeats). Frenchman Antoine Griezmann represents the main attacking danger as the top scorer (19 goals) and Europa League (4 goals).

OM and the Madrid team have faced each other in the past on the European stage. In the 2008-2009 season, the Marseillais and Spaniards were in the group D of the Champions League. Atlético Madrid won their home match (2-1) and both side split the point in a draw at the Stade Vélodrome (0-0).

Atlético Madrid

Founded: 1903
Colors: Red, Blue and White
City: Madrid
President: Enrique Cerezo
Record in 2016-17: 3rd in La Liga with 78 points (23 wins, 9 draws, 6 defeats, 70 goals scored, 27 conceded).
Record in 2017-18 (through 35 matches): 2nd in La Liga with 75 points (22 wins, 9 draws, 4 losses, 55 goals scored, 18 conceded).


GOALKEEPERS: Moya, Oblak, Werner
DEFENDERS: Gimenez, Godin, Gonzalez, Hernandez, Juanfran, Filipe Luis, Munoz, Rodriguez, Savic, Siqueira, Vrsaljko
MIDFIELDERS: Bare, Henrique, Gabi, Gaitan, Koke, Montoro, Moreno, Moya, Niguez, Olabe, Partey, Vitolo
FORWARDS: Correa, Costa, Gameiro, Griezmann, Torres, Boulahia

COACH: Diego Simeone

2017-18 European Competitions: 

Champions League - Group C - Matchday 1: AS Roma 0-0 Atlético Madrid 
Champions League - Group C - Matchday 2: Atlético Madrid 1-2 Chelsea 
Champions League - Group C - Matchday 3: Qarabag 0-0 Atlético Madrid
Champions League - Group C - Matchday 4: Atlético Madrid 1-1 Qarabag 
Champions League - Group C - Matchday 5: Atlético Madrid 2-0 AS Roma
Champions League - Group C - Matchday 6: Chelsa 1-1 Atlético Madrid
3rd in Group C with 7 points: 1 win, 4 draws, 1 loss, 5 goals scored, 4 conceded

Europa League - Knockout Round Leg 1: FC Copenhagen 1-4 Atlético Madrid
Europa League - Knockout Round Leg 2: Atlético Madrid 1-0 FC Copenhagen
Europa League - Round of 16 Leg 1: Atlético Madrid 3-0 Lokomotiv Moscow
Europa League - Round of 16 Leg 2: Lokomotiv Moscow 1-5 Atlético Madrid
Europa League - Quarter-finals Leg 1: Atlético Madrid 2-0 Sporting Portugal
Europa League - Quarter-finals Leg 2: Sporting Portugal 1-0 Atlético Madrid
Europa League - Semi-final Leg 1: Arsenal 1-1 Atlético Madrid
Europa League - Semi-final Leg 2: Atlético Madrid 1-0 Arsenal