Simeone and Athletico Madrid the new Masters of Defensive football.

 Simeone and Athletico Madrid the new Masters of Defensive football.

As we heard into the Europa league Final, we take a look at Athletico
Madrid’s defensive strength. Athletico Madrid have barely conceded 33
times this season with 20 goals coming from the Spanish league. The
tactics of defending seems to be dwindling in the modern game as most
Football Managers have decided to explore the opportunities pushing
forward provides rather than the uncertainty the Men behind the ball
gives. The Champion’s league lay credence to it with the presence of
Liverpool and Real Madrid in the Finals after semi-finals clash with AS
Roma and Bayern Munich.Simeone and Athletico Madrid the new Masters of Defensive football.
However with all the revolution of attacking football in Europe, One high-
profile tactician and his team have still been able to keep, learn and
master the old art of defense. Simeone and Athletico Madrid comes to
mind, as predicted by most sites that predict football matches correctly.
The two have blended to master the art of defending while securing
victories. This have also brought them an opportunity to grab a
continental trophy with a Europa league finals clash with Olympic
Marseille in Lyon. Athletico’s master-class was confirmed in their Europa
league encounter with attacking minded Arsenal football club.  The side
were able to grind a draw in the first leg despite playing over 80 minutes
a man down. The Spanish side in the reverse fixture laid any doubt to
argument with the side holding to a goal lead to keep another historic
clean sheet.
Athletico began the season on a bad note as the Rojiblancos side lacked
fire power in front of goal as well as difficulty in adjusting to their New
Stadium. These affected them in the UEFA Champions league as the
suffered an early exit in a competition they are tipped to be one the title
contenders. The Spanish club despite the crisis was still able to keep up
in the Spanish League thanks to a solid display by their Back-line which
have remained strong and unshaken. Their record of conceding barely
20 goals in the Spanish top flight division gives credence to their
organization as the second best defensive team Barcelona have allowed
29 goals. In comparison with other top division in Europe Manchester
City comes close to the Madrid based club with just 27.

Athletico and Simeone will be hoping their defensive fortunes continues
when the play Olympic Marseille in Lyon on Wednesday night. Athletico
have also extended their defensive form to the European competition
with the Rojiblancos side conceding 3 goals in the competition while
Marseille have conceded 8 times en-route to the finals. Though Athletico
have scored fewer goals than Marseille with Athletico having 56 goals
while Marseille 78, the odds stack in favor of Athletico as the French
side have conceded 66 times in all competition.

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