Athletic-Atlético de Madrid Preview

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Atlético de Madrid and Athletic face each other at San Mamés in the most classic of the red and white duels in search of a Cup final, an appointment for which they already know their opponent, Mallorca, and for which the ‘colchoneros’ have the provisional advantage of the 0-1 first leg at the Civitas Metropolitano.

RCD Mallorca is already waiting for the opponent to play the final of the Copa del Rey at La Cartuja stadium on April 6. The “bermellones” eliminated an epic Real Sociedad at home, where penalties decided the first finalist. However, we focus in this article to analyze all the details of the second semifinal match.

On the home side, Athletic Club arrives after losing their last match on a rainy afternoon at the Benito Villamarín. A match marked by Valverde’s rotations and an expulsion for protests against Nico Williams, the verdiblanco side came out on top by a resounding 3-1 scoreline. Despite this, Athletic will want to heal their wounds and will face Atletico, who are showing great weakness away from home.

Facing Athletic will be their long-awaited Atlético de Madrid. Atletico will wear blue and white, in honor of the shirt with the first shield and where they have fought tirelessly to be able to wear this shirt. However, colors aside, Simeone’s team suffers every time they have to play away from the Metropolitano.

But it is important to remember that this tie starts in favor of Athletic Club, which achieved a great result in the first leg. The red and white fortress, known as Cívitas Metropolitano, remained undefeated for more than a full year until Valverde’s team arrived to turn the tables. A goal by Álex Berenguer (after a clamorous penalty by Reinildo) put his team ahead for today’s match.

In recent meetings at San Mamés, Atlético de Madrid has always experienced both joy and sorrow since Simeone’s arrival. It is worth remembering how the stadium was stormed at the start of its remodeling in 2014, as well as Griezmann’s goals, among other good memories, to which the Argentine coach is looking to add one more. However, the statistics are clear. Of the last 10 meetings between the two on Bilbao soil, Athletic has won 4, Atlético de Madrid has drawn 2 and Atlético de Madrid has won 4.

The Copa del Rey match between Athletic Club and Atlético de Madrid, corresponding to the second leg of the semifinals, will take place this Thursday, February 29 at 9:30 p.m. at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao. The match will be available for viewing on La 1 de TVE, RTVE.es and Movistar+.