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Miguel Ángel Gil was worried, like all athletes, and he approached the group to shake it up with a kind of 21st century santiaguina. And he left


Miguel Ángel Gil was worried, like all athletes, and he approached the group to shake it up with a kind of 21st century santiaguina. And he left a challenge very well launched: “We have to win a League of Five”. He alluded, of course, to those who go from Betis, third, to Real, seventh. There is the European magma of the championship, in which there are two greedy positions, those of Champions, and others that are not so. The Champions League has become essential in these years. It is, as they say in Las Ventas bullfights, ‘the one who gives and the one who takes away’. No player worth his salt wants to play for a team that isn’t in the Champions League.

The reaction arrived and this time Atlético scored three goals and did not concede any. A powerful marker is the healthiest injection that a group in crisis can receive, and Atlético is. Crisis of confidence, which are the serious ones, a crisis that was already beginning to translate into a new and different look towards the hitherto undisputed leader, Simeonewhose television hagiography (a great program but that surrounds him with a glamor that competes with his warrior facet) has left wrong sensations. Just like his appearance in ‘El Hormiguero’. It would seem that Cholo is no longer exactly the same, that he begins to distract himself with other things.

But I don’t want to leave the ‘LaLiga de Cinco’ thing, which is going to be angry. Betis confirmed yesterday that it is not going to be easily unseated from there. Barça found in Valencia, a symbolic setting for the culé club, the goals it lost against Napoli and he returned home with Aubameyang accredited and with the Dembélé issue resolved. Xavi has imposed his criteria on his bosses and he has done well. Villarreal gets Danjuma’s recovery just in time for this final rush. La Real suffered a romp in San Mamés that serves as time for Athletic to look into that fight, from which it was far away. Of five or six, it will be exciting.