Atletico Madrid’s early season poor results saw them ousted from Europe’s top tier (Uefa Champions League) at group stage. It was a disappointing moment for the two time finalists of last four seasons but it was also time to cheer for them as they finally hope to bring a trophy home after four seasons as they moved into Europa League as third best team of the group. They are too hot to handle for Europe’s second tier (Europa League) as they proved against Lokomotiv Moscow winning 8-1 aggregate against the Russian and earn a berth in last eight of the competition.
Out of six group games, Los Rojiblancos played four draws and lost one which helped AS Roma and Chelsea to go through into last 16 from Group C of Uefa Champions League. It wasn’t something Diego Simeone has expected, but he couldn’t change the script now. They’ll have to happy with Europa League football and it’s bad news for other competing teams in the competition.
Other competing teams couldn’t match the quality of Rojiblancos as we witnesses against Lokomotiv Moscow. They were hammered 8-1 aggregate over the two legs and Atletico stunned them 5-1 away from home in freezing conditions.
Angel Correa gave the lead to visitors in 16th minute but it was quickly canceled out by Maciej Rybus in 20th minute. Then, it was Saul Niguez who restored the lead for Atletico before Fernando Torres extended the lead to 4-1 with his brace and Antoine Griezmann made it 5-1 finishing the things off.
Atletico Madrid have won the competition twice in 2011 and 2009, and they are the title favourite once again being the most ranked Uefa coefficient club in the competition. We have to wait and watch for their next opponent in the competition in Friday draw which will take place in Nyon at 13:00 CET.
Along with Atletico, Marseille, RB Leipzig, and Lazio have also made their way to the quarterfinals. Arsenal vs AC Milan, Red Bull Salzburg vs Borussia Dortmund, Lyon vs CSKA Moscow and Victoria Plzen vs Sporting will decide the remaining berths, but one thing is sure; everyone will try to avoid Atletico in subsequent draws.