Egypt's Banque Misr seen launching its first digital bank by May-end    Swvl to invest $20 million in Egyptian market this year    Gold prices in Egypt on May 19    Egypt to inaugurate new Sphinx International Airport in mid-July    Turkey's finance minister to visit Egypt for first time in 9 years    Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO alliance    Saudi Arabia prolongs Yemen central bank's deposit    Egypt Knauf launches its first training centre in Egypt    Egypt uncovers official logo for COP27    Noura Al-Mutair – first Gulf female boxer in World Championships    Egypt unveils 50 pound coin minted to mark Avenue of Sphinxes grand reopening    Liverpool fans: "You'll Never Walk Alone" to Cristiano Ronaldo    Hot, rainy weather hits Egypt this week    COVID-19 in Egypt: infections fall to 124 cases last week    Egypt to play key role in integrating water, climate issues globally – World Bank official    Egypt's telecoms regulator announces working hours for holy month of Ramadan    Maha karara joins AAIB as Head of Corporate Communications, Sustainability    Egypt works on charting cooperation strategies with international institutions for 5 years: Al-Mashat    Over 2.4 million newborns examined for hearing impairment: Health Ministry    Netflix releases trailer of Arab adaption of 'Perfect Strangers' film    Balqees to headline concert celebrating launch of streaming giant LIVENow in MENA    Sawsan Badr to be honoured at Aswan Women Film Festival    MP Abdel Hady Al-Qasby calls government to facilitate and support NGOs    Al-Sisi follows up on 'Great Transfiguration Project' in St. Catherine    Cairo, London stress need to strengthen cooperation to face climate change    Foreigners account for 22.6% of Egypt's T-bills issuances in 1H 2021: CBE    Egypt's ambassador to Italy passes away    Egypt confirms readiness to help African countries face terrorism and extremism    An estimated 235 million people needed humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, an increase of 40% compared to 2020: IOM Egypt    Egypt, DRC discuss water cooperation during WYF    Egypt, DR Congo discuss boosting bilateral cooperation during WYF    Cameroonian police probe assault on three Algerian journalists covering AFCON    Pharaohs start AFCON 2021 campaign with fierce clash against Nigeria    Foreign Ministry opens capacity building course for French-speaking African diplomats    Egypt's trade with Nile basin countries climbs 26% y-o-y in 9 months    Ethiopia halts work at its embassy in Egypt for 'economic reasons'    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Atletico Madrid can seal title if duo slip up
Published in Ahram Online on 01 - 05 - 2014

Atletico Madrid can crown a superb week and wrap up what would be a remarkable La Liga title triumph if they win at Levante on Sunday and Barcelona and Real Madrid lose at home to Getafe and Valencia.
Diego Simeone's outperforming Atletico side set up a Champions League final clash against Real with a 3-1 comeback win at Chelsea on Wednesday, the latest in a series of brilliant performances that have transformed the club into a genuine force in Spain and Europe.
Victory at Levante (1500 GMT) would put Atletico on 91 points with two games left, while defeat for second-placed Barca against Getafe on Saturday (1400) would leave them stuck on 84 and end their bid for a fifth title in six years.
Barca host Atletico on the final day of the season.
Even if they lost on Sunday, Real, third on 82 points and with a game in hand, could still draw level with Atletico if they win their last three games and their city rivals lose their last two.
However, Atletico's superior head-to-head record means they would seal their first La Liga title since 1996.
Real host Valencia on Sunday (1900) and play their match in hand at Real Valladolid on Wednesday.
Former Argentina captain Simeone was a key member of the 1996 team, who also won the King's Cup that season, and the commitment and intensity he showed as a player seems to have rubbed off on his current charges.
They have maintained their challenge in La Liga and Europe's elite club competition despite having a relatively thin squad compared with far richer rivals Barca and Real and a gruelling calendar.
"The team has known how to cope when it is suffering the whole way through the season," left back Filipe Luis told Spanish television after the win at Stamford Bridge.
"We will try to beat Levante as it is the next match and the most important one for the time being," added the Brazilian.
While Atletico and Real were busy in Europe, Barca, eliminated by Atletico in the Champions League quarterfinals, were quietly preparing for their game against struggling Getafe and mourning the death of former coach Tito Vilanova.
Vilanova was Pep Guardiola's assistant during four trophy-laden years between 2008 and 2012 before stepping up to the top job when Guardiola, now at Bayern Munich, decided to take a sabbatical year.
Diagnosed with throat cancer, Vilanova stepped down after one season in charge, when Barca won La Liga with a record-equalling points haul of 100.
Survival fight
Vilanova died aged 45 on April 25 and the Barca players, several of whom, including Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas, had known him since their teens, will be desperate to honour his memory by pushing Atletico all the way in La Liga.
May 1 marks the 25th anniversary of the match in which Guardiola and Vilanova, both products of the club's academy, made their playing debuts for Barca under coach Johan Cruyff in a friendly against Banyoles.
Madrid-based Getafe, meanwhile, are fighting for their top-flight survival, one spot above the relegation places.
Midfielder Angel Lafita is confident they can get something from the Nou Camp if they believe in themselves.
"We shouldn't turn down any opportunities because you never know where the points that save you can come from," Lafita told a news conference on Wednesday.
"It is possible to beat Barcelona but you have to be focused and believe," he added.
"I was in a similar situation at Real Zaragoza and we went to the Bernabeu and beat Real Madrid 3-2."
(For more sports news and updates,followAhramOnlineSportson Twitter [email protected]_Sportsand on Facebook atAhramOnlineSports.)

Clic here to read the story from its source.