Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla FC will face each other this weekend with a lot still to be decided in LaLiga Santander. The team from Madrid have already secured their qualification for next season’s Champions League, while the Andalusian outfit still need one more point to ensure they finish in the top four too.
This head-to-head clash is one of the most exciting matches remaining in this LaLiga Santander campaign and it could be decisive in determining who’ll complete the 2021/22 podium to finish in the top three alongside Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
These are two clubs that have been fighting at the top end of the table week after week, while the two teams have built up a great rivalry between them. As we reach the final two rounds, there is just one point separating them in the standings. The quest for third place, therefore, could be decided in this match.
The Rojiblancos come into this penultimate round of the LaLiga Santander season with their place in the Champions League assured, after their win against Elche CF in Matchday 36, so they can enjoy the peace of mind of having secured their position in the top four.
Sevilla FC, meanwhile, will visit the Wanda Metropolitano needing just one more point to book their ticket to the top continental competition for another year. Only one more Champions League place is still to be awarded and it will definitely go to a team from Seville; Sevilla FC come into the matchday with 66 points, while their city rivals Real Betis are the team chasing them on 61 points. This battle is one of the many to be decided in the season’s run-in.
In this final stretch of the season, Yassine Bounou, widely known as Bono, will be one of the most-watched players, especially in this match. The goalkeeper is close to winning the Zamora Trophy – the award given to the shot-stopper with the best goals-conceded record in the competition – for the 2021/22 season and he should be important in this game, as he has been all season. With 23 goals conceded in 29 games, he has a record of just 0.79 goals conceded per game.
He’ll be looking to secure this award against an opponent who knows what it is like to lift this trophy multiple times. That man is Jan Oblak, Atleti’s goalkeeper, who has won five of the last six Zamora Trophies.
This match will also see Atlético de Madrid bid farewell to their fans at the Wanda Metropolitano until next season. They’ll be looking to put the finishing touches on their home campaign and say goodbye to the season with their heads held high. This has been a season in which they have always remained close to the top positions, the ones that provide access to European competitions, and in which they have once again achieved their objective.- Advertisement -