Atlético have found a new counterattacking edge, and with it scored victories over both Juventus and Villarreal.
In the midst of a particularly tough stretch that includes seven fixtures over 21 days, Atletico must quickly look forward to an important Champions League match at Borussia Dortmund.
A week ago, everyone was picking Manchester City to cruise past Liverpool to the Champions League semifinals. The Reds would put up a fight in Anfield and probably get a few goals, but a 3-0 win was not on anyone’s minds.
Real Madrid may only be the fourth favorite in the books, but with their pedigree they cannot be overlooked.
Atletico need two wins and a lot of help to advance to the CL knockout stage.
After drawing 0-0 at Roma earlier this month, Atleti will try for their first Champions League win of the season against Chelsea on Wednesday.