Match preview: Celta Vigo vs. Atlético

Atleti aim to improve recent away form in spite of several crucial absences

Which version of Atleti will show up in Vigo?  (Getty Images)

Which version of Atleti will show up in Vigo?
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Atlético head into Galicia on Saturday, where they will take on Celta Vigo at 20:00 CET.

Los Rojiblancos have struggled on the road in league play of late, having lost by a combined score of 5-0 in their outings to Almería and Osasuna.

To make matters more difficult, they will have to weather the present storm of suspensions that resulted from a feisty derby clash a week ago.

Key starters Diego Costa, Diego Godín and Arda Turan will all remain in Madrid for this encounter as they serve their one-match bans.

The trio each saw their fifth yellow card against Real Madrid at the Calderón last Sunday, and despite two appeals of Costa’s booking, the league disciplinary committee refused to overturn their initial ruling.

After a very strong performance against the league-leaders at home a weekend ago, Atleti will seek to prove that their poor showings away from the Vicente Calderón were only a temporary blip in their very impressive season.

“I said it after the [derby], we played a great match with the essence of what the team has and what it has had since we got here two and a half years ago,” Colchonero boss Diego Simeone said in Friday’s pre-game press conference.

“In the derby, we showed that we are competitive, and that was very good for us.”

‘Cholo’ continued: “We had a week to work with the players that stayed here, and the ones that came back from their national teams.

“The game on Saturday will be a tough and important one against opponents that will require of us to make a great effort.”

With regard to the unavailability of some of his choice men, Simeone said: “We believe in the team and in the group that we have. Some guys that didn’t play against Real Madrid will play, like Diego and Villa, who did play against Osasuna.

“We’ll have great players on the field and the team knows this is an important match. Hopefully, we can put together a great game and the guys that come in contribute at the level expected of the team.”

In addition to our three big absentees in the line-up, Simeone’s bouncer will be missing from the sidelines.

Assistant coach ‘Mono’ Burgos was suspended for three games following his epic tirade aimed at derby referee Carlos Delgado Ferreiro.

Diego and Villa’s confirmed presence in the line-up indicates Atleti will roll-out their 4-2-3-1 formation that has been, to put it mildly, absolutely disastrous recently.

The four times that loanee Diego appeared in the fold since his return from Wolfsburg, the club have suffered a total deficit of 10-0.

But, the Brazilian will have a great chance to start turning things around and prove he’s the same old masterful Diego we fell so hard in love with two seasons ago.

‘El Guaje’, who hasn’t scored in over a month, will lead the red and white attack.

Tiago and Javi Manquillo are still nursing their respective injuries and will miss out again.

Atleti B midfielder Isaac Nana, on loan from Alcalá, was the novelty of Cholo’s match selection for this round, though it’s unlikely the Ghanaian will take part in this fixture.

Atlético match selection:
Goalkeepers: Aranzubia, Courtois
Defenders: Filipe, Alderweireld, Giménez, Juanfran, Insua, Miranda
Midfielders: Mario, Koke, Raúl, Cebolla, Gabi, Diego, Sosa, Nana
Forwards: Villa, Adrián


  • pantic#10

    Courtois
    Filipe, Toby, Miranda, Juanfran,
    Koke, Mario, Gabi, Diego
    Raul, Villa

    Not an easy match, i remember a lot of suffering in the last 20 minutes in the 1st leg match.

    C’mon Villa, it’s time to shine and led us to victory.

  • farhan

    villa will try his best …i think coz bosque didnt selecrd him for match against italy….so i think he will start in really bad mood nd try to do whatever he can…

  • Jeronamo

    I have absolutely no worries for this game. To the ones talking about Diego’s presence, I’m 100% sure that today he will dispel your fears. I also believe Villa will be fine also… I think mainly because of the absentees in the side today like Costa and Arda that Villa and Diego will no doubt step up to the plate… oh and cebolla also. Lol anyone else finds it strange that Sosa doesn’t even get mentioned, smh I never really liked him anyways

  • farhan

    keeep calm and believe in villa

  • kris

    It’s gonna be a 4-2-3-1 formation, because it will be bad to start Diego in a 4-4-2 formation as he’s not a winger. He creates plays and relies on his technical abilities and his great dribbling. But, of course all our wingers actually play through the middle anyways, like Koke and Arda do in every game. Diego can’t defend, that’s why he won’t make a good winger. Raul Garcia isn’t a striker. RG8 is a secondary striker or a false nine. The original formation will probably be with the five man midfield and David Villa leading the attack with Raul Garcia “playing” as a winger but actually working as a ‘false nine’ behind David Villa. For sure, he will be back to defend though.

    Courtois
    Juanfran-Alderweireld-Miranda-Filipe
    Mario-Gabi
    Raul Garcia-Diego-Koke
    Villa

  • farhan

    barca lost…….whenever they loose we also…. ok now am little worried

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    This should be the game of the season for both Diego & Villa

    We still have a chance to win La Liga, because both Real and Barca will drop points, Barca just dropped 3 in Valladolid few minutes ago, but we have to get as much points as possible .. we have to start a wining streak of 7 or 8 games, starting from tonight’s game, and if we couldn’t win tonight, we should say goodbye to the title

    That’s why this should be game of the season for both of them

    I want the super heroes inside them to get out
    I want to see Heisenberg .. not Walter White

    And I definitely do not want to see Adrian

  • farhan

    yaaa no adrian this time

  • kris

    See Farhan, you have to BELIEVE. If you don’t BELIEVE in your team, then what kind of a supporter are you? Even if you are 5-0 down, just keep on BELIEVING and singing.. The players are psychologically stronger, if the fans believe in them. If the fans have no faith in them, they will be playing with their heads down, we have seen that in many cases, especially Barcelona lately. Fans are probably the 2nd most important part of a team. We are going to win this match and keep on competing for the La Liga title. Come on boys, let’s show them how it’s done by winning this match!! Forza Atleti!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    aaaaaaand finally .. Leo just scored his first goal with Betis

  • kris

    OOOh, i am watching that now then Ahmad. ajja.

  • kris

    I wonder if you know if Oliver will play today against Granada. Would really love to see the wonderkid back in action again. Love the guy.

  • farhan

    i never say i do not believe.. what am trying to say that ….just loook barca lost socidad we lost osasuna and in 2013 there were one or two more similar incident happens ….
    am supporting atleti
    .. no matter who we got in our team…
    but for today…. we are going to win …what am really missing is
    hatrick from villa….

  • kris

    Ahha thank you Farhan. That’s what we like to see from Atleti supporters. Hopefully, it’s a hattrick for Villa!! I love the guy also, I want him to play in the World Cup for one last time atleast. Unlikely, but it’d would be awesome to see both Costa and Villa leading the line for La Roja this summer, but we all know VDB doesn’t play like that.

  • piserakos

    Vamos Atleti!!! Barca lost from Valladolid and Leo scored for first time this year!

  • kris

    The line-up is the same as we anticipated hopefully this is a big win for Atletico today without conceding a goal. Vamos!!

  • palestine-atletico

    We will win 2 or 3-0.
    Villa will score For sure.
    Diego will play well.
    And guess who will be man of the match??????? Yes he is KOKE my favourite player 😀

  • farhan

    30min …more…..

  • pantic#10

    Just played the match with FIFA14…
    We won 1-2!
    1st goal by Hugo Mallo.
    Goal by Mario Suarez and last minute by Villa!
    Red card for Miranda and Filipe!
    Crazy match 🙂

  • kris

    Hopefully no red cards, Pantic :p.

  • pantic#10

    what???? yellow card for Gabi!!
    this is madness.

  • farhan

    ref is blind

  • Jeronamo

    We need to step it up a little. Maybe one more gear?

  • pantic#10

    wow
    RG8, very close to score

  • kris

    What an effort from Raul Garcia!! You only create chances by shooting. Oh, and my Gawd.. If that was Costa instead of Villa, it would have been a goal for sure. But still well done by Atleti.

  • pantic#10

    RG8 is always generous, he’s everywhere, on the right as a wing, in the midfield, on the front, he helps the defense.

  • kris

    We have done well, but we are letting Celta play better than us. Why can’t we finish our chances when we have them? And Koke, that was some great set-up play, only to be messed up by Raul Garcia, but oh well. Let’s bang a few goals the next half and win this match boys! Forza Atleti!

  • farhan

    0-0

  • Will

    Boring match…

  • piserakos

    What a waste of time was the first half??? Really boring… Hope we start playing football at the 2nd and win… Vamos!!!

  • Jeronamo

    I like what I’m seeing from Diego

  • kris

    Playing much better now…. creating chances taking shots.. Let’s get a win, COME ON!

  • Will

    YES YES YES YES!!!

    Villa! If we can’t build our own goal they give it to us… 🙂

  • pantic#10

    David Villa!!! yeahhhhhh
    well…i’m not so happy because i said RG8 in the prediction league…ehehh
    goaaaaal!
    C’mon Maravilla

  • pantic#10

    again Villa! yeaahhhhh

  • kris

    GOOOOLLL!!!! VILLA!!!!

  • Will

    Hahahahaha… Villa again!!!

    Nice, but nice play and cross by Sosa.

  • farhan

    MARAVILLA

  • kris

    Farhan,, hattrick is near complete!!!

  • farhan

    KEEP CALM AND BELIEVE IN VILLA

  • farhan

    again he smells the blood

  • kris

    Sosa gave it to the Sosa doubters and haters!!You see, he is obviously got the pace and the crosses.. Well done, Sosa. Want more of that stuff. Vamos!

  • pantic#10

    good play by Sosa and Villa.
    see Del Bosque? Villa wants to go to Brazil 😉

  • farhan

    bad moood

  • Jeronamo

    …. Sosa haters??? I don’t like him but I don’t hate him… what does that make me? Btw I never liked him and I mean way before ge came to atleti

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I just love when Simeone makes a substitution and it gets a result, that’s something when are not used to see from El Cholo .. great assist by Sosa

  • kris

    I’m guessing that’d make you a doubter when he’s playing for Atleti but yehh, he does have a bad attitude. Sosa is agood winger though by the looks, he likes to taken on players, and is pretty comfortable doing that, quite pacy i might add.

  • kris

    LMFAO, Alex Lopez’s name text from the back of his shirt is falling off.

  • kris

    I love our defense playing with such great attitude, discipline, and confidence.

  • kris

    No, no, no, no, not Adrian. Not Adrian.

  • farhan

    plz no simeone no adrian

  • Jeronamo

    Wtf….. Adrian? ???? Ughhh

  • farhan

    what the helll is this now

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I wish Adrian scores .. he desperately needs to .. and we desperately need the good Adrian back

  • kris

    SOSA!! I am loving this guy!!

  • farhan

    dont even let him to complete his hatrick ….

  • kris

    See what I mean. Adrian just doesn’t have good work ethic!! The guy is pacy enough to take on the last defenders and score a goal.. but no.. ughh..

  • farhan

    next wish…kick milan hard

  • farhan

    villa taken only 3 shots ..one is blocked and 2 goals… now this is called perfection hehehehe

  • kris

    Sosa is absolutely INCREDIBLE! man.. he has got pace, control, trickery, defense,, he is a pure winger in my opinion.. AND LOOK AT THIS!! TOP OF THE TABLE BECAUSE OF HEAD TO HEAD but Real are yet to play though.. BELIEVE guys. BELIEVE!! Aupa Atleti!!

  • farhan

    @kris i agree

  • Jeronamo

    Anyyyyy way… good three points and on to the next one.. also I’m happy with how well diego played and the fact david villa got both goals

  • kris

    Jeronamo, you still have to admit today though.. Sosa played incredible for he hasn’t played a lot of minutes this season..

  • palestine-atletico

    Well done sosa really impressive form tonight. As i told u 2-0 villa will score only i expected koke to do what sosa did.

  • Will

    Happy for Villa, he deserves it.
    I think Simeone can use him like this more often. Mainly when Costa is tired.

    Leaders again. I’m sure Levante will beat Real Madrid easily tomorrow… 😀

  • piserakos

    Good win! MARAVILLA!!! I was sure you will be perfect! Sosa helped a lot. I was the classic away Atleti… See you later guys i’m watching Oliver now!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    LEADERS
    even temporarily .. but we are putting Real under pressure and waiting for them to slip,
    and they will .. sooner or later ..
    the important thing is that we don’t slip anymore, at least until Mestalla game

    Lately, I’ve been a little busy and much lazy, so I promised myself that every time we take the lead I’ll make a 50 push ups & a 100 crunches

    so, to the workout .. see you later 🙂

    and congrats for the 15 points Piserakos, you are now 2nd in the Prediction League,
    just 2 points away from the lead !

  • kris

    Oh, and guys,, there is no such thing as a “bad luck” player to a team.. Players need time to gel in to the team.. Is Oliver starting, Piserakos?? I want to see that..

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Oliver just made his first start with Villareal, I wish I could watch the game,
    but I don’t have the channel that broadcasting it

  • kris
  • piserakos

    Villareal sacks!!! They have done nothing until now! By the way ahmad i took 18 points 😛 thank you a lot!!!

  • piserakos

    Oliver until now (60 minute) plays, he have done some good staff but Villareal sacks they lose 2-0

  • Will

    Did you mean “sucks”?

  • piserakos

    Yes that 😛 they played like shit!!

  • palc

    they sock

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