After over an hour of mostly dispirited play by Atlético in Vigo, the men in and red and white sparked back to life to abruptly terminate their foes 2-0.
The game against Celta started off eerily similar to Atleti’s previous two trips in league play–the squad looked all too comfortable letting their opponents dictate play while hardly offering much of a threat in attack of their own.
And then suddenly, David Villa, like a psychopath who had been keeping his murderous instincts in check, snapped.
In a matter of moments, the decorated veteran took matters into his own hands, scoring two goals in quick succession.
Rojiblanco boss Diego Simeone, showing mercy on our counterparts, removed Villa from the field of play before he could be labelled a serial killer and strike for a third time–as the traditional definition of the term requires.
Once a killer, always a killer.
With the triumph, a crucial one not only because of the high stakes nature of each affair in our fight for the title, but also given the bevy of suspensions we were dealing with, Atleti temporarily moved into first place in La Liga.
Barcelona had suffered surprise defeat in Valladolid — any Barça loss could reasonably be deemed a surprise — so we surpassed them on the table.
27 games into the season and more points than Barcelona?
Quite the feat indeed!
Real Madrid take on Levante at the Santiago Bernabéu, and barring an unforeseen turn of events, we’ll be bumped back down to second shortly.
The victory at Balaídos, coupled with our excellent showing in the Madrid Derby, will do a world of good ahead of our Champions League clash on Tuesday versus AC Milan.