Back in the Europa League after a few years, Atletico Madrid makes its debut in the 2017/2018 season of the tournament on Thursday, February 15, against Copenhagen. The game, valid for the second phase of the competition, will be held at Telia Parken in Copenhagen. The beginning is scheduled for 18:05 (Brasília time).
From now on, all stages of the tournament will be set in round-robin games until the two finalists are known. In case of equality of number of points conquered at the end of the two matches, the tiebreaker to be made according to the goal balance or the number of goals scored away from home. The second match between Atletico and Copenhagen was scheduled for February 22 in Madrid.
The recent performance of Copenhagen
The Danes resumed official disputes in early February after the winter break. The start of the 2017/2018 season was on the left foot. On February 4, at home, Copenhagen were beaten 1-0 by Brondby and eliminated from the Danish Cup in the last 16.
The reaction happened in the Danish Superliga. On Saturday, February 10, again in their dominions, Copenhagen applied a rout by 5 to 1 in the Randers. The team even managed to gain a place on the tournament leaderboard but is still in a bad situation. With 29 points (eight wins, five draws and seven losses), he ranks fifth.
The difference for Midtjyland is 18 points, which makes it virtually unfeasible for a reaction that could lead the club to the national title, which won in the previous two seasons.
In the Europa League, their campaign in the group stage also can not be considered brilliant. He reached the vacant place with second place in Group F. He accumulated nine points (two wins, three draws and one loss). It was the same score of the Tiraspol, who was in third position due to the tiebreaker criteria. First place was secured by Moscow Lokomotiv (11).
The current form of Atletico Madrid
Atlético started the season in the Champions League, a competition in which it has reached two runners-up in the last four years. However, they failed to advance in Group C, which had Roma (11 points) and Chelsea (11) as classified. With seven points (one win, four draws and one defeat), he had to settle for third place and the place in the Europa League to beat Qarabag.
Owner of the less-leveled defense of the key, with four goals conceded, presented huge problems to achieve goals. His five attempts were insufficient to get the club forward.
In the Spanish Championship, the problem was the same. The offensive performance only improved in 2018 when the club were able to sign Vitolo midfielder (three games in the 2017/2018 Spanish League without a goal) and striker Diego Costa (four games, one goal).
They allowed the team, with three wins in a row, to reduce the handicap compared to Barcelona from 11 to seven points in the title fight. Atlético, with 52 points (15 wins, seven draws and one defeat), not only entered the fray for the trophy as it opened nine points advantage over Valencia, third place, and ten in comparison with Real Madrid, which is in fourth place.
This gives reassurance to coach Diego Simeone, who has renewed his contract with the club, to invest more strongly in the European tournament. For the first game, it is not enough to have defenders Diego Godin (18 matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish Championship without a goal) and Stefan Savic (18 games without a goal) and midfielder Nicolas Gaitan (six games without a goal) .
History of the matches between Copenhague and Atlético de Madrid
The teams met only once in the Europa League 2007/2008. In Copenhagen, Atletico won 2-0.
The defensive system has always been the apple of Diego Simeone’s eyes. Atlético have the best defense of the Spanish Championship. It was leaked only nine times in 23 matches. Without a goal for 270 minutes, the team also showed evolution in the attack, but should not venture before Copenhagen. As the owners of the house also should not take big risks, the draw becomes a good guess option with a price of 3.80 in Bet365. Victory of the constituents pays 6.00 and of the visitors yields 1,57. Quotes were in effect at 15:22 on 12/2/2018.