Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 defeat to German side RB Leipzig on Thursday night was the latest disappointment for Diego Simeone and his squad, and it has drawn comparisons to their two draws against Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag in the group stage in 2017.
This defeat to Leipzig was far more costly however, coming at the quarter-final stage, with Joao Felix having drawn Los Rojiblancos level only for his side to concede late on to lose the match 2-1.
It’s another heart-breaking elimination for Atletico, following last season’s loss to Juventus, where the side from Madrid were 2-0 up after the first leg at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and crashed out of the competition to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in Turin.
Losing to Leipzig, a club who didn’t even exist two decades ago, isn’t as disappointing as losing a Champions League in the last three minutes of the game like they did against Real Madrid in 2014, it’s worth noting. They then lost another final to Los Blancos two years later, this time on penalties.
This isn’t the first time Simeone’s side have suffered defeat in Lisbon, with the 2014 loss to Real Madrid also coming at the Estadio da Luz.
These defeats are black marks on what has been undoubtedly the best period in Atletico’s history. Continue reading