EI Atlético faces league day 17 seventh, outside the European squares and aiming to be back in the top four as soon as possible. An unprecedented situation with Simeone, who since starting a season on the red and white bench (2012-13) has never come so far in the season away from Champions League positions. And more, in the previous six seasons he didn't spend the fourth day in the first six that rate Europe.
In the 2012-13 season, Atlético were just out of those positions on the first day, where the draw against Levante left Atletico in the middle of the table. A year later, the 2013-14 league title history, the rojiblanco team started the competition by winning by 1-3 at Sevilla and since then have never left the top three places, winning the first eight days.
Another draw to open 2014-15 made Atletico was 13 at the end of the first day. But his absence from European positions did not expand and on the second day He was already sixth after winning Eibar and never left those positions. 2015-16 was again unpolluted Start finishing among the first. It took four days to get to European places in 2016-17, starting in the eleventh league, moving to thirteenth on the second day and seventh in the third before being fourth in the Champions League.
In the previous two seasons Atletico had lived outside Europe in a circumstantial manner. In 2017-18, only on the first day, ninth after a new draw to start the course, while with a bad start last year, the longest period came out of the top six with Simeone, during the first four days between the ninth and tenth place until they beat Getafe, where he has already reached the sixth position. Something that has changed so far. Atletico returned to being eighth on day one, but now, on day 16, is seventh, out of their natural position with Cholo, something that tries to remedy as soon as possible.