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.
With just seven matches left, Manchester City will likely clinch the title before the last weekend.
After a crushing 2-1 defeat at Villareal and the last international break of the season, Atletico return to competition this Easter Sunday.
The team with one of the largest payrolls and arguably the most talent in the Premier League is about to get richer. They are in prime position to take second in the league and could really make a run at the title next season.
The Europa League remains the best chance for a trophy this season and Atlético travels to Russia in the knockout phase on Thursday.
Lionel Messi hit a 26th-minute free kick and the Barcelona defense held on for a 1-0 win on Saturday. The victory opened up an eight-point gap to Atletico Madrid, all but deciding the title.
Atleti is now just five points back of Barcelona for first. The double game weeks continue as the red and whites must travel to one of the toughest places to play for the biggest match of the season.