BREAKING NEWS: Atletico Madrid win LaLiga title

 

 

 

 

Atletico Madrid have won LaLiga for the 11th time in their history.

Diego Simeone's side beat Real Valladolid 2-1 on Saturday to clinch their first top-flight crown since 2013-14 and just their third in 25 years.

Previous champions Real Madrid, who fought back to beat Villarreal by the same scoreline in their final match of 2020-21, finished second in the table, with Barcelona securing third by beating relegated Eibar and Sevilla – who play on Sunday – set to end the season fourth.

Atleti are the only team to have won Spain's top league other than Madrid or Barca since Valencia claimed their sixth title in 2003-04.

Simeone is just the third coach to win two LaLiga titles for the club, following Ricardo Zamora (1939-40 and 1940-41) and Helenio Herrera (1949-50 and 1950-51).

The result also meant Valladolid were relegated to the second tier.

It is the fifth LaLiga title in the career of striker Luis Suarez, who finished as Atleti's top scorer this season with 21 goals in 32 league games.

The 34-year-old only joined Atleti last year after being deemed surplus to requirements at Barca.

Former Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente was also key to Atleti's title triumph. With 12 goals and 11 assists, he is the first Atletico player since Diego Forlan (32 goals, 10 assists) in 2008-09 to record a 'double-double' of at least 10 goals and assists in the same season.

Llorente has epitomised the way Atleti have performed beyond expectations this season. His 12 goals have come from just 3.41 expected goals (xG), and his 11 assists from 5.38 expected assists (xA). The difference in each of those figures is the highest among LaLiga players in 2020-21.

 

 Atletico Madrid wameshinda LaLiga kwa mara ya 11 katika historia yao.

Kikosi cha Diego Simeone kiliifunga Real Valladolid 2-1 Jumamosi kutwaa taji lao la kwanza la kukimbia tangu 2013-14 na la tatu tu katika miaka 25.

Mabingwa wa zamani Real Madrid, ambao walipambana kuishinda Villarreal kwa alama hiyo hiyo katika mechi yao ya mwisho ya 2020-21, walimaliza wa pili kwenye jedwali, na Barcelona ikipata tatu kwa kuwachapa Eibar na Sevilla walioshuka daraja - ambao wanacheza Jumapili - walimaliza msimu wa nne.

Atleti ndio timu pekee iliyotwaa taji la juu la Uhispania isipokuwa Madrid au Barca tangu Valencia ilitwaa taji lao la sita mnamo 2003-04.

Simeone ndiye tu kocha wa tatu kushinda taji mbili za LaLiga kwa kilabu, kufuatia Ricardo Zamora (1939-40 na 1940-41) na Helenio Herrera (1949-50 na 1950-51).

Matokeo pia yalimaanisha Valladolid walishushwa daraja la pili.

Ni taji la tano la LaLiga katika maisha ya mshambuliaji Luis Suarez, ambaye alimaliza kama mfungaji bora wa Atleti msimu huu akiwa na mabao 21 katika michezo 32 ya ligi.

Mchezaji huyo wa miaka 34 alijiunga na Atleti tu mwaka jana baada ya kuchukuliwa kama ziada ya mahitaji huko Barca.

Kiungo wa zamani wa Madrid Marcos Llorente pia alikuwa muhimu kwa ushindi wa taji la Atleti. Akiwa na mabao 12 na assist 11, ndiye mchezaji wa kwanza wa Atletico tangu Diego Forlan (mabao 32, assist 10) mnamo 2008-09 kurekodi 'mara mbili-mbili' ya angalau mabao 10 na assist katika msimu huo huo.

Llorente ameelezea jinsi Atleti alivyofanya zaidi ya matarajio msimu huu. Malengo yake 12 yametoka kwa malengo 3.41 tu yaliyotarajiwa (xG), na wasaidizi wake 11 kutoka kwa wasaidizi 5.38 waliotarajiwa (xA). Tofauti katika kila takwimu ni ya juu kati ya wachezaji wa LaLiga mnamo 2020-21.

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