Simeone, before his weak point

The Argentine coach faces his eleventh season with Atlético de Madrid and is looking for a start to the League on the right foot. In the last 10 debuts: 4 wins and 6 draws.


The first league match is a Russian roulette for any team. The players arrive with little shooting and go from unimportant friendlies to gambling the first points of the championship. This season, the big LaLiga teams see this initial difficulty increased, as their best players have arrived from their vacations just two weeks before the first league match. The reason: the summer tournaments with their national teams.

In the case of Atlético de Madrid, the delay in the arrival of its stars is very notable. Most have signed good tournaments with their countries and joined just a few days ago. This is the case of Koke, Llorente, Suárez, Giménez, Lodi or Trippier, among others. So this situation is a handicap when preparing for the first official game of the season.

The league beginnings have not been Simeone's strong point in his ten seasons on the rojiblanco bench. The Argentine has won 4 wins and 6 draws in 10 games. It is true that he still does not know defeat in the first game, and that is encouraging. Of the games played, five have been at home and five away. With a balance of 11 points at home and 7 as away.

In the last two seasons, Atlético de Madrid made their debut with victory in the Metropolitano. In 19/20 they beat Getafe 1-0; and in 20/21 they beat Granada 6-1. It was in 18/19 the last time that Simeone's men started the championship away from home. On that occasion they failed to go from 1-1 against Valencia.

The start of the 21/22 season is in Balaídos, against Celta de Vigo. A field that in the last two seasons has not been so bad for Simeone's men either. A 0-2 win last season; and a tie to one in 19/20. With the uncertainty of how the rojiblancos players will arrive, these are data that encourage optimism for Sunday 15, when the season begins for the current League champion.

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