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Atlético de Madrid turns 117 today. From that conclave on Cruz Street, that April 26, 1903, to open the Madrid branch of Athletic, until this period of confinement in which the victory against Liverpool is still strangely savored. It is the most unique birthday of the entity, with all sports activity suspended until new order, but with the great dream of recent times still very much alive. The Champions League, the coveted title that, after the historic night of Anfield, is three steps awayWe will see how high and when.Under normal conditions, on these pages we would be talking about Barça-Atlético yesterday, day 33, happy or sad anniversary for the rojiblancos in their fight to get into the top four. And, if Simeone’s people were doing their homework, of the first leg of the Champions League semifinals, scheduled for next Tuesday or Wednesday. Now all of that is in the air. Although the objectives are the same. The most obligatory, being able to play the next European Cup, Either getting into the top four or — the perfect plan — winning this edition in Istanbul, perhaps at the end of August. This second assumption would be the icing on a brilliant decade for the club —Indeed ten years and a few months—, which started with Quique and the 2010 Europa League and has already given nine out of 32 titles that Atlético has achieved in these 117 years: one League, one Cup, three Europa League, three European Super Cups and one European Super Cup. Only the European Cup is missing to close the circle.Winning the Champions, in addition, would help greatly in this period of sports uncertainty —What competitions will play next year— and economic. The club is immersed in an ERTE, has agreed to a salary reduction with the staff and the coaching staff and, faced with a panorama of football without an audience in the stands, a large part of the income depends on sports. They are troubles, however, originated from be part of the European elite.The birthday will also serve to remind athletes that they have left, especially in recent weeks, due to the coronavirus. Mention for Antic, coach of the only double; for Peiró, Jones, Capón … All of them will be honored when the ball rolls and sends the football back. There is desire already.