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Home sweet home: The importance of the Calderón in Atlético’s success
- Updated: 2 March, 2013
Atlético Madrid are having one of their best seasons in La Liga and at the very heart of this success is the fortress Vicente Calderon, a ground which with only six remaining tests to go, has seen them victorious every time so far this season.
Simeone’s side is having such an incredible season that many of their fans don’t remember the last time they ahead of their bitter rivals Real Madrid, at this late stage in the season.
Atlético have been so good at home that just counting their points at the Calderón they would be seventh in La Liga, just one point away from an Europe spot. Not only they have a 13 games winning streak, they haven’t conceded a goal in the last eight matches.
Their defence at home has been so good at the Manzanares that in 13 matches they only have conceded more than one goal one just one occasion and in two matches they have managed to keep a clean sheet despite playing with 10 men.
They only have conceded in four matches and their nine clean sheets is a league best at home.
In addition, Atletico have conceded a La Liga lowest six goals at home, which to put in perspect is the same amount as Deportivo conceded in just one visit to the Calderon earlier this season when suffering a six nil defeat in Madrid.
But not only Atléticos defence have been impressive at home, their offense is not far behind. Only Barcelona and Madrid have scored more goals at their home ground and Atlético still haven’t failed to score at the Calderón this season.
Individuals performance are also another interesting topic, Falcao has scored 15 goals at home in this campaign compare to the six he has scored on the road. Koke, who is Atlético’s leader in assists, has produce four goals at home and only two on the road. Between all Simeone’s players who have scored more than two goals this season, only Raul García has scored more goals on the road that at the Calderon, three to one.
With 13 games to play Atlético have a commanding lead over their Champions League rivals, their biggest objective this season and if the Federation allows the Cup final to be play at their ground they would be tag as favours. All around this have been a great season at the Calderón, that seems destined to just get better.Follow @icentrocampista