On Sunday night at 19.00 CET Atlético Madrid will look for their 7th consecutive league victory when they take on Getafe.
Against their neighbours Atlético will have an opportunity to expand their lead over Barcelona to 4 points, after the Catalans lost in Granada on Saturday.
Atlético will still be without Arda Turan, but they welcome the return of Diego Costa who has been included in the match selection.
Also returning is Gabi, who sat out a one game suspension against Villarreal last week, before leading his team to an impressive 1-0 victory in our midweek Champions League clash with Barcelona.
With the semifinal draw taking place on Friday, attention of fans and press shifted to our next opponents Chelsea, but once again Diego Simeone warned not to look too far ahead. It’s partido a partido until the last game of the season as Atleti can’t afford to drop any points along the way.
During his pregame press conference, El Cholo said “the game against Getafe will be difficult because of the position they’re in, they need the points. They’re strong on set pieces and they have good options going forward with players like Pedro Léon, Pablo Sarabia, Castro and Lafita.”
“We have had four days to recover and before the game I’ll decide if I’ll make squad rotations to give some players rest. Now more than ever we’re moving from game to game“, Simeone added.
His opponent is a familiar face. Cosmin Contra played for Atlético from 2002 till 2004 and made 34 appearances for Los Rojiblancos. In March he was appointed Getafe manager replacing yet another former Colchonero, Luis García.
Contra was full of praise of his rivals on Sunday, saying “right now, Atlético is the best team in Europe.”
“They will come here looking for what they have been doing lately, to win every remaining game. They are fighting for La Liga, we’re fighting to avoid relegation. We’ll have to compete with them, show the same intensity. It will be difficult, but not impossible”, said the Romanian.
The manager will try to prepare his men better than they were earlier in the season, when Getafe were thrashed 7-0 at the Vicente Calderón.
Getafe match selection
Goalkeepers: Codina, Júlio César
Defenders: Alexis, Lago, Valera, Lisandro, Arroyo, Rafa
Midfielders: Lacen, Lafita, Sarabia, Pedro Léon, Castro, Sammir, Míchel, Rodríguez, Borja, Mosquera
Forwards: Marica, Colunga
Atlético Madrid match selection
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Aranzubia
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Alderweireld, Juanfran, Insúa, Miranda
Midfielders: Mario, Tiago, Koke, Raúl García, Cristian Rodríguez, Gabi, Diego, Sosa
Forwards: Adrián, Villa, Diego Costa