Luis Suárez, the resurgence of a champion
Saturday, May 22 at 6 p.m. Passion, emotion, exaltation, joy and tears. Simeone’s team depended on itself to be proclaimed champion of the league in Spain for the 11th time in history. It was not easy, and it is that the mattresses overcame an adverse match against Valladolid. In the 18th minute, Óscar Plano put the Valladolid team ahead in a match marked by tension. And Valladolid needed to win in order not to go down to the Second Division. Finally Valladolid is a team in the Smartbank League.
However, the magic of football made the rojiblancos turn around in the second half. Ángel Correa equalized in the 57th minute. Ten minutes later, the former Barça player Luis Suárez scored the goal of the match and of the season. Thanks to that goal, Atlético de Madrid was champion of the Santander League. Luis Suárez, the resurgence of a champion. At the end of the match, he said excitedly, “I was despised and Atlético opened the doors for me.”
Simeone, 8 titles in 10 years
The story of Diego Simeone is not understood if it is not linked to that of Atlético de Madrid. In these ten years as coach of Atlético he has won 8 titles. The Santander 2020/2021 League is his latest success, his second league as a coach. The last time they lifted the league title was in 2014. In addition we must add 2 Europas League, 2 European Super Cups, 1 Copa del Rey and 1 Spanish Super Cup.
The other side of the coin is Real Madrid. He did not depend on himself. He needed his eternal rival to lose to Valladolid and they to win against Villarreal. An intense and heartbreaking match until the end. Emery’s side took the lead in the 20th minute. The game was doomed until Benzema scored three minutes from the end of the second half. In stoppage time, Modric scored the final two. However, there was nothing to do. Atletico Madrid had done their homework and it was useless for the meringues to have won their match.
An atypical league full of emotion
The Santander 2020/2021 League will be remembered for several events. This season, and due to the coronavirus health crisis, there has been no public in the stadiums, despite the fact that the last two days have allowed fans to enter some stadiums.
But without a doubt, if this competition will be remembered for anything, it is because of the excitement and passion of the last days. Football fans have had to wait until the last day to find out who the champion was. A league full of surprises that has had millions of spectators around the world. Finally, Atlético de Madrid is proclaimed champion of the Santander 2020/2021.
It remains to be seen whether Diego Simeone will continue on the bench at Atletico. If Zidane finally leaves Real Madrid. What seems more obvious is that Ronald Koeman will not be Barça’s coach. And the doubt of recent years, does Messi stay?