Atletico Madrid are champions of Spain again after holding off heavyweight pair Real Madrid and Barcelona in the closing stages to win their second LaLiga crown in eight seasons.
Atleti beat Real Valladolid 2-1 on Saturday to finish two points above Madrid – the only side that could catch them heading into the final round of games after Barca lost ground.
Diego Simeone’s men moved into top spot with a 4-0 win over Cadiz on November 7 and, despite some inconsistency over the past two months, they have stayed there ever since.
With the help of Opta, we took a look at the numbers behind Los Colchoneros’ latest triumph.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 22, 2021
ATLETI BREAK MADRID-BARCA STRONGHOLD
Atleti have now been crowned champions of Spain 11 times – three of those in the last 43 years – which is third only to perennial winners Real Madrid (34 titles) and Barcelona (26).
Athletic Bilbao are next on the list with eight titles to their name, while Valencia have come out on top on six occasions.
Indeed, Simeone’s charges are the only side other than Madrid or Barca to finish at the summit of Spain’s top flight in the past 16 years, doing so this season and in 2013-14.
Atletico have now claimed the title in at least one season in eight of the last 10 decades – only in the 1920s and 1980s did they fail to do so.
8 – Diego Pablo Simeone has recorded his eight title for @atletienglish: two @LaLigaEN (2014 & 2021), two Europa Leagues (2012 & 2018), two UEFA Super Cup (2012 & 2018), Copa del Rey (2013) & Spanish Supercup (2014), more than any other Atlético’s manager ever. Legend#Atleti pic.twitter.com/YvYl4sZdsE
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 22, 2021
DESERVED TITLE WINNERS
Atletico have spent 30 matchdays on top of the table, despite only stringing together successive wins on a couple of occasions since the end of January.
They won 26, drew eight and lost four of their 38 matches to end the season with 86 points – their longest winning run being the eight strung together between December 19 and January 31.
It is the 10th time Atleti’s fate has gone down to the final day of the season, most dramatically of all in 2014 when drawing away at Barca to hold off their title rivals.
That season, incidentally, Simeone’s side spent 11 matchdays alone at the top of the table.