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Goal shy Atletico Madrid register sixth La Liga draw

Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata struggle upfront for Atletico Madrid
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Los Rojiblancos were held to a 1-1 draw at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, their sixth stalemate in their last nine La Liga outings.

Top four. One defeat from twelve La Liga matches. There shouldn’t be any cause of concern at Wanda Metropolitano but there is. Since a perfect start to the 2019/20 season, Atletico Madrid have failed to get over the line in their last nine matches, winning twice while being held to a draw in six league affairs.

While Real Madrid and Barcelona have stuttered in their own title aspirations, Atletico Madrid have failed to take their chances. Out of the possible 27 points on offer, they have only taken 12. Half of these came against 2-0 away and home wins over Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao.

Since taking the reins of Atletico Madrid in 2011, El Cholo has ensured teams do not score against Los Rojiblancos. During this time he has had at his disposal strikers who regularly hit the back of the net.

Front men have come and gone through the revolving doors and the goals stream has not dried up. However, this year Diego Simeone’s team is struggling to trouble the scorers.

During the current league campaign, Atletico have hit three goals on one occasion. They have hit two goals past the opposition’s goalkeeper twice. There have been three goalless draws and three 1-1 scorelines.

Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata have a combined tally of six goals, a far cry from what Atletico need at the moment. With Joao Felix suffering from injuries in his debut season, Los Rojiblancos find themselves in a tricky situation.

The once prolific Diego Costa is struggling in his third spell at Atletico Madrid. Since his return from Chelsea, the Spanish international has scored a paltry 7 goals in La Liga across two seasons and counting. While injuries and disciplinary issues have had their hand, Costa is far from the striking force he was between 2012-2017.

To make matters worse, he is accompanied by the equally profligate Alvaro Morata. The Spanish international has been a shadow of his former-self since leaving Real Madrid for Chelsea. His expensive return to the Spanish capital has not changed his fortunes, as he has a paltry return of 10 goals from 24 league outings.

While the front line has failed to hold their end of the bargain, Atletico’s defence has continued to shore up their misgivings. Despite losing Diego Godin to Inter Milan over the summer, the defence has only allowed a measly 7 goals. There is still chance for Atletico.

Los Rojiblancos host 19th placed Espanyol to reverse their fortunes against one of La Liga’s worst defensive sides. They travel to Nuevo Los Carmenes to take on the high flying Granada, who have shipped in 15 goals.

Despite their goal shy start to 2019/20 La Liga season, Atletico Madrid are in the hunt for the title. With a slight change in fortunes, the capital club can add to their 10 league titles come may 2020.

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