Yellow jersey holder Yates survived several attacks to finish in a group containing many of the title favorites, which also helped him secure his leading place in the title race.
However, the hectic last 11 games saw Atletico find form and as rivals such as Real Sociedad and Getafe lost ground, in the end the top four was secured with relative ease.
Atletico's finish to the season even gave hope that they could take advantage of the changed format for the last eight of the Champions League and secure a title that has so far evaded them, but German side RB Leipzig put paid to that optimism at the first hurdle in which Atletico showed many of their usual flaws and few of their virtues.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Hebei China Fortune defeated Shanghai SIPG 2-0 in the ninth round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Saturday, breaking Shanghai's unbeaten record in the season.
Dejan Lovren scored first for the visitors in the 18th minute, but Antoine Griezmann's close-range effort and Dominik Livakovic's own goal gave France the lead before the interval.
In October and November, three games are increasing the risk of injuries aside from the load players have to take in their clubs, he insisted.
WARSAW, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Johannes Vetter came close to breaking the javelin world record on Sunday, throwing 97.76m at the Skolimowska Memorial meeting in Chorzow, Poland.
DALIAN, China, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Dalian Professional were held to a 1-1 draw by Jiangsu Suning in the 10th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Tuesday.
Havertz, joining his German teammate Timo Werner who arrived at Chelsea earlier this summer, is the Blues' second most expensive signing at 71 million pounds (94 million U.S. dollars).
"Since 2010, I have never gone without competing for such a long time, so this represents a precious chance," said the 2016 world champion. "It's important to recover my form step by step."
Zuriko Davitashvili (R) of Georgia vies with Aleksandar Trajkovski of North Macedonia during the UEFA Nations League football match between Georgia and North Macedonia in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2020. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Tamuna Kulumbegashvili/Xinhua)