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Great red and white season

The 2014-15 season has ended and the balance cannot be more positive. The team won a new title and fulfilled the great goal of getting direct access to the Champions League group stage. It also performed at a high level in the rest of competitions, finishing the campaign 5th in the UEFA ranking.

Top-notch party at the Calderón

Atlético de Madrid has put an end to a great season. It is time to take stock and the conclusions can not be more positive. We kicked the campaign off big in August by winning the Spanish Super Cup that our Cub played as the 2013-14 Spanish League champion. We measure against the Cup's champion, Real Madrid, on the 19th of August at the Santiago Bernabeu in a first leg match that ended with a 1-1 tie thanks to a goal from Raúl García. Three days later in a Vicente Calderón Stadium surrendered to its team, a goal from Mario Mandzukic sentenced the fixture on our side making us Super Cup champions. It was the best way to face a season that presented itself very demanding.

In the BBVA League the major objective was to obtain a direct pass to the 2015-16 Champions League group stage. The players of Diego Pablo Simeone achieved the objective by adding a whopping 78 points, the second best result obtained by a team in our League in the last 20 seasons (since wins are rewarded with three points; Barcelona added 80 points in the 95-96, but playing 4 more matches because 22 teams formed the first division). This number of points speaks clearly of how difficult it has been this season to achieve the third place due to the great competitiveness demonstrated by our rivals for that direct access spot to the Champions League.

In the domestic competition, our team has been the second least-scored, with 29 goals conceded. Between Miguel Ángel Moyá and Jan Oblak, Atlético has achieved to have clean sheets in 19 matches. In half of the matches played by our team in the League, we have not conceded a goal, a fact that speaks of the defensive security shown by Atlético de Madrid throughout the competition.

On the scoring side we should highlight the great season of Antoine Griezmann, who, with 22 goals, all of them in play, has finished in third position in the top scorer ranking. His great campaign has been recognized with two trophies awarded for best player of the League in the months of January and April.

Atlético de Madrid - Juventus

In addition to achieving the objective of obtaining the pass to the next edition of the Champions League group stage, the team performed at a high level in other competitions in which it participated. In the Champions League it classified first of Group A after winning four matches with a balance of 14 goals in favour and 3 against. Our team was defeated in the first leg in Greece (3-2) and since then it did not concede a goal in the group stage, linking four consecutive wins. In the round of 16, we eliminated Bayer Leverkusen in the penalty shoot-outs and were beaten in the quarter-finals against Real Madrid. It should be noted that in seven of the ten matches played in this Champions League, our team kept a clean sheet. Mario Mandzukic, with five goals, was the top scorer of the team in this competition. With these figures, the team closes the campaign in 5th place of the UEFA ranking.

Double from Torres at the Bernabéu

And in the King’s Cup the draw had in store for us a first match against L'Hospitalet, which we resolved with a clear home triumph (0-3), completed with a 2-2 in the second leg. Afterwards we measured up to Real Madrid in the round of 16. Goals from Raúl García and Giménez in the first leg at the Vicente Calderón gave us an advantage that we affirmed in the second leg with two goals from Fernando Torres to certify our qualifying (2-2).

In the quarter-finals, Barcelona was waiting for us and it got ahead in the first leg thanks to a goal from Messi, who drove home a penalty which had been stopped by Jan Oblak. In the second leg, the team gave its all searching for the comeback but the sending off of Gabi in the half-time was too heavy a burden to succeed (2-3). Torres, with three goals, was the maximum scorer of our team in this edition of the King’s Cup.