Match preview: Atlético vs. Getafe

A derby against dangerous neighbours for the Colchoneros

Atleti eliminated Getafe from  the Copa in January  (EFE)

Atleti eliminated Getafe from the Copa in January
(EFE)

After the welcome respite of an international break, Atlético resume their season with a derby at home against sixth-placed Getafe, another team enjoying a fine start to their current campaign.

Kick-off at the Vicente Calderón is scheduled for 22:00 CET on Saturday.

The two-week interruption arrived at a good time. The red-and-whites lacked their usual vigour and looked rather fatigued when they drew with Villarreal two weeks ago.

After going one up early on, they were forced into retreat by their unrelenting hosts, who got a deserved equaliser at the end of the game at the Madrigal.

The draw was an acceptable result under the circumstances, but it did allow leaders Barcelona to extend their advantage to three points, and third-placed Real Madrid to reduce their deficit to the same number.

Atlético can boast a strong record at home against Getafe in recent years. They defeated their neighbours the last four times they hosted them, and prevented them from scoring in their last five encounters.

But the Azulones have performed well outside of their usually empty Coliseum, keeping clean sheets and scoring twice in their last three away trips to Espanyol, Granada and Villarreal.

Due to the various international obligations of his players, Diego Simeone only had his full squad available to him on Friday, a day before the upcoming game.

Asked about this inconvenience, the Rojiblanco boss replied: “The situation is as usual. We have to adjust and adapt to what’s ahead. Today is the first day we’re together and from here we decide which side will play tomorrow.”

‘Cholo’ praised his upcoming opponents for their resilience and compared them to his own Atlético team.

“Getafe are a tough team. What I always like about them is that they manage to reverse difficult situations such as early in the season, and suddenly you see them competing for European places just seven days later,” he said.

“They’re a combative side, a very organized team, with a lot of speed up front, and very dangerous in dead-ball situations. In some aspects we share some similarities, mainly because we work hard as a team.  It’s obviously a dangerous game.”

Diego Costa has recovered from the injury that prevented him from debuting for Spain, while Courtois and Villa have shaken off their respective physical problems during the international break.

Léo Baptistão is struggling with an ankle problem, but Adrián has overcome his in time to be included. Filipe returns after completing his one-match suspension. Mario continues to recover from his knee injury.

For Getafe, forward Colunga returns after missing the last three games with injury, but defenders Lisandro López and Rafa López are absent due to injury and suspension respectively.

Atlético match selection

Goalkeepers: Aranzubia, Courtois
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Alderweireld, Manquillo, Giménez, Juanfran, Insúa, Miranda
Midfielders: Tiago, Koke, Raúl García, Arda, Cristian Rodríguez, Gabi, Guilavogui, Óliver
Forwards: Adrián, Villa, Diego Costa

Getafe match selection

Goalkeepers: Moyà, Codina
Defenders: Alexis, Roberto Lago, Lopo, Álvaro Arroyo, Valera
Midfielders: Lacen, Lafita, Pablo Sarabia, Gavilán, Pedro León, Diego Castro, Míchel, Borja Fernández, Pedro Mosquera
Forwards: Ciprian, Colunga

Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez


  • kris

    Club Atletico de Madrid 3-0 Getafe C.F. Aupa Atleti!

  • Pantic#10

    Finally!! I hate these interruptions 🙂
    Godin and Miranda have a strong forward to control: Marica

  • Atletico9

    Aupa Atletiiiii!!!

    We will win tonight. 2-1

    If we beat Sant Andreu in the copa, are we then playing at home the 7th or the 15th january?
    because I mean that it’s best rank at home ind the last game until the quarterfinals?
    Hope you can help me 🙂 Thanks..
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013%E2%80%9314_Copa_del_Rey

  • kris

    I don’t understand what you mean exactly, Atletico 9. If we beat San Andreu, then we will most likely be playing Valencia. And, the first one is an away game on the 7th of December for us, so that means the next leg will be a home game.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    just like this season, in the last season Atleti had 34 points after 13 games,
    but after that we never won 3 games in a row until the end of the season, and that’s why we finished 3rd

    So the real test starts now, and I hope we do better after week 13 than we did last season

    if we win the next 5 games : Getafe at home, Elche away, Valencia at home, Levante at home & Malaga away (and all of them are not so difficult) then if we can get at least a draw vs Barca at Calderon and finish the first round with 50 points just 3 points behind Barca (if they won all their next 4 games) I believe we can really go for the title, if not win it then at least stay in the race until the last 2 or 3 weeks

  • kris

    Raul Garcia is starting in place of Costa other than that it’s the regular with Tiago starting in Mario’s place.

  • kris

    Toby starts as well.

  • kris

    Raul Garcia is so boring, i don’t know why he think he all that with the antics.

  • kris

    Getafe players think they are in a war..

  • EC

    Yes! 1-0 with Garcia scoring a header from a corner 😀

  • pantic#10

    RG8 Again! yeah i knew it.
    yesssss

  • Zakaria

    It’s amazing how RG8 always scores. He is so dull and bad at passing but in a way he always scores. Am trying to like him but… as long as scores it ok 🙂

  • kris

    Or not,, he just scored.. shiiet..

  • kris

    Borja thinking he gots a better beard than Arda.. Keep on dreaming while we score another goal.. It’s amazing how Koke can assist the opponents too score for Atleti. Just amazing!

  • pantic#10

    wonderful goal by Koke! great assist by Arda.
    Here we go!

  • pantic#10

    red card to valera.

  • pantic#10

    @Kris: ahahah the beard, good one ahahha

  • kris

    That’s what Valera gets. Filipe is KING!!

  • EC

    Easy peasy

  • pantic#10

    Villa very very close to score, it’s the second time.
    the third he will score. El guajeeee Villllaaaaaa..the 2 half is yours. go for a hat-trick

  • kris

    AND DOES IT VILLA!! JUANFRAN TO VILLA and it’s a GOAL!! 3-0!!

  • pantic#10

    super power bomb by Tiago

  • kris

    AND THE 2nd of the NIGHT FOR RAUL GARCIA!! MY GOD!! WILL HE EVER STOP SCORING HEADERS?? 4-0!!

  • pantic#10

    Villa goal. yeah

  • pantic#10

    i think my straming is out of sync 🙂 still 3-0 for me

  • pantic#10

    4-0 Tiago assit for RG8

  • kris

    lol better refresh it or something. http://firstrowus1.eu/watch/223123/3/watch-atletico-madrid-vs-getafe-cf.html You can watch it from there if you’d like..

  • pantic#10

    SE MOVE EL CALDERON

  • kris

    DAMN!! GARCIA ALMOST HAD A HATTRICK AS HE HIT THE CORSSBAR WITH A BEAUTIFUL BALL FROM FILIPE!! MY GOSSHH!!

  • pantic#10

    thanx for the link! 😉

  • kris

    FILIPE ALMOST GRABS HIS TOO TO SCORE HIS FIRST GOAL OF THE LA LIGA SEASON!! No problem, Pantic.

  • kris

    No hattrick for RG8 as COSTA COMES IN TO replace him.

  • pantic#10

    Diego Costa looks like he was sleeping on the bench ahaha “Where am i ??!!!, Who i am ??!!”

  • kris

    I know, you can see from his hair, lol.

  • pantic#10

    it wasn’t a Koke goal but an own goal by Getafe

  • Adnan Khan

    Come on simeone let us see some oliver torres magic…put him in!

  • pantic#10

    what a crazy goal by Diego Costa…have you seen it? HAVE YOU SEEN IT??!!!

  • kris

    OMG I am crying from this goal by Diego Costa!! I am not breathing while typing this!! DAMNN.. I AM CRYING@!! OMG!!OMG!!Oh my god!!

  • pantic#10

    HELL YEAH. we rule.

  • Adnan Khan

    Dieeeego costaa what a goal

  • EC

    Oh my word what a goal from the beast wow!!!!

  • pantic#10

    time for the chosen one. Oliver.
    show us some magic tricks

  • kris

    WHEW!! I haven’t seen a better goal from him. Simply amazing!! And yes, current captain is being replaced by the future captain.. Oliver is in for Gabi!! And this is what makes Diego Costa one of the best in his position. Damn!! I couldn’t resist my tears.. Holy!!

  • Adnan Khan

    And there he come oli <3

  • pantic#10

    c’mon Adrian …this is football not rugby……hit the net …not the sky.

  • pantic#10

    el guaje. MARAVILLA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kris

    DAVID VILLA!! CRAZY COUNTERATTACK BY ADRIAN!! 6-0 and THANK YOU ADRIAN!! WE NEED YOU TO SCORE TOO!!

  • pantic#10

    the last two actions by Adrian were amazing. this is the real Adrian. good work by the Asturians duo 😉

  • pantic#10

    poor Getafe.
    We’re playing like it’s the last day on earth 🙂 super crazy fast.

  • pantic#10

    that’s crazy. 7-0
    7-0
    7-0

    and finally ADRIAN LOPEZ.

  • kris

    ADRIAN FINALLY!! YES! YES! YES!! THAT”S WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!!

  • kris

    SORRY GETAFE! WE ARE RUTHLESS!!

  • pantic#10

    i can go to sleep very happy 🙂
    2 weeks without Atleti and bang! 7 goals for a welcome back.
    good night to you all!

  • Chewie

    I believe all the RG8 haters have to change their attitude towards him or shut the hell up. The guy is KING OF THE AIR, he makes headers look like art. Adrian was impressive, Costa is a god damn magician. Throughout the match I felt that Atletico is like a harvester reaping Getafe’s energy.

    I also feel bad for Zenit since with this Atletico they have little chance to even draw.

  • Amr Mukadaffi

    @ Chewie

    Don’t underestimate Zenith, they are fighting for their last chance to survive in the CL. And they played very decent at Vicente Calderon.. It will be a very though match, i think if we have a good day, then it will be a tie, or maybe a close win 1-0 for Zenith.

  • colchonero in sf

    Raul golcia!!!!

  • sajedeh

    daaaaaaaavid always the best

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