Atletico need Eibar win to resuscitate title challenge

Afp, Madrid

18 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play.

Atletico remain in pole position, one point ahead of Real Madrid and two in front of Barcelona, but their poor form means it is the chasing duo now considered favourites to lift the trophy.

Four wins in Atletico's last 11 games inspires little confidence they will be able to keep pace with Real and Barca, who have put early-season problems behind them to accelerate down the final straight. But a victory at home to struggling Eibar on Sunday would go some way to reigniting belief.

It would put Atletico five points ahead of Barcelona, who are playing the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, and four clear of Madrid, before Zinedine Zidane's side take on Getafe later on Sunday night.

Marcos Llorente will be back, having served his suspension by missing last weekend's draw against Real Betis, but Atleti will still be without Luis Suarez, who is expected to need another fortnight to overcome his leg injury.