Another season. Another slow start for Atletico Madrid. After spending big and efficiently in the summer, and then vanquishing rivals Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, much remains expected of Los Colcheronos this term.
But Diego Someone’s side have begun the season off the pace, just one win so far . It’s very much early days, just three matches played, and there should be very little cause for alarm, but when one considers the fact that both Real Madrid and Barcelona have 100% records so far, then it’s not outlandish to say Atleti are already playing catch-up.
Slow starts have come back to haunt Atletico’s title charge in the past few seasons, a thought that may well be on their minds. Hence, when Eibar come to the Metropolitano this weekend, a win already seems like a must if they’re to keep up with the big two.
Speaking of the big two, it’s a trip to Real Sociedad for Barcelona. The champions don’t have the fondest of memories at Anoeta despite winning there last term, that come-from-behind victory last December was their first at the Basque club since Sociedad got promoted back to La Liga in 2010.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, face the other Basque side in Athletic Bilbao, as the European champions travel to the San Mames stadium.
Elsewhere, it’s a meeting of two promoted sides as bottom and pointless Rayo Vallecano host Huesca, while Celta Vigo have a trip to Girona to look forward to.
Valencia’s quest for a league win continues at home to Real Betis, Sevilla host Getafe, while Villarreal visit the Leganes at the Butarque.
Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid
Real Sociedad v Barcelona
Leganes v Villarreal
Valencia v Real Betis
Atletico Madrid v Eibar
Huesca v Rayo Vallecano
Valladolid v Alaves
Espanyol v Levante
Sevilla v Getafe
Girona v Celta Vigo