Match preview: Atlético vs. Elche

Atlético looking for 8th consecutive victory

Filipe atletico elche

Filipe against Elche earlier this season
(Clubatleticodemadrid.com)

This week your favorite team kicks off the weekend as Atlético Madrid are set to play Elche on Friday night. The match starts at 20.30 CET.

For Los Rojiblancos it’s a chance to earn their 8th consecutive victory and to increase their lead over Copa del Rey winners Real Madrid, whose match has been postponed to May 7th.

Atlético will be without Arda Turan and Javi Manquillo, who are still recovering from injury.

Other than that Diego Simeone has all of his men available. That includes Diego Costa, who has recovered in time from that nasty cut he suffered when scoring against Getafe.

Prior to the game, Diego Simeone called upon the fans to support their team with three home games left.

“I hope to see a full stadium for the games that are left against Elche, Málaga and Chelsea”, the coach said.

He added, “We have to think about a way to win a difficult game against a hard working team, like Elche. They defend well and are dangerous on the counter attack.”

Elche, currently in 15th place, will do everything in their power to get a result at the Vicente Calderón. With five games left they are currently four points above relegation, but they’ll need a couple more to secure safety.

The Franjiverdes are managed by Fran Escribá, former right hand of Quique Sánchez Flores. In his first year as head coach of Elche, Escribá won promotion to the Primera División and it appears as if he’ll manage to keep them in it too.

“We are confident we can win at the Calderón if we play with as much intensity as they do. They’ll limit our spaces so we’ll have to make the most of our opportunities”, Escribá said during Thursday’s press conference.

He continued, “Atlético have a great team and are very strong at home. We know they are the league leaders, but we will have our chances.”

The former Atlético assistant wants to get a result on Friday, but did admit he wishes the best to his old team. “After this game, I wish Atlético all the best. It would be good for La Liga if another team were to win it.”

Atlético match selection
Goalkeepers: Aranzubia, Courtois
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Alderweireld, Juanfran, Insúa, Miranda
Midfielders: Mario, Tiago, Koke, Raúl García, C. Rodríguez, Gabi, Diego, Sosa
Forwards: Adrián, Villa, Diego Costa

Elche match selection
Goalkeepers: Manu, Toño
Defenders: Damián, Botía, Lombán, Pelegrin, Sapunaru
Midfielders: Rivera, Aarón, Mantecón, Javi Flores, Carles Gil, Fidel, Márquez, Sánchez, Rodrigues
Forwards: Boakye, Coro, Herrera


  • piserakos

    vamos!

  • Farzad from Iran

    We will have so so easy match for today ,, we should think for nex match with chelsea ,,,, with out courtois we will have some ………………………………….!!!!!!!!

  • Kris

    What are you saying Farzad??? This is not a so so so easy match like you commented, it’s another final and before we win this final we shouldn’t really be thinking about the next final. You should know that in football, every match is a different match.

  • Brad

    Any other point in the season, this would be an easy game. But Elche is only four points clear of relegation for the time being, so they’ll fight hard and could be a rather difficult challenge.

  • Gert

    This is not a game. This is a final. Finals are not there to be played, finals are there to be won!

    Aupa Atleti!!!

  • Ursula Major

    We shall not lose at home.
    I have spoken!

  • f from turkey

    every match is a final for atletico Madrid at this stage.one mistake ends everything.

  • starvs

    Farzad, don’t even think things like that, let alone type them in public; this is a fucking final.

  • kris

    Damn. I don’t understand the inclusion of Adrian in the Starting XI. Especially, in the winger position. He has been doing a little bit better in the past few matches but Sosa has outperformed him this season, imo, despite getting lesser minutes. Por favor Cholo…… Sosa para hoy en el segundo tiempo…. POR FAVOR….

  • Brad

    I think it’s a go with who’s hot lately move. But I can’t read Simeone’s mind.

  • Brad

    Can Costa please avoid tripping over the keeper? He’s hurt himself enough already.

  • kris

    We are making great plays and now I see why he has decided to play with Adrian.

  • kris

    Tiago is really good at anticipating plays.

  • kris

    GREAT save by Courtois.

  • kris

    And ANOTHER oh my gawdd… Great work by Thibu..

  • palestine-atletico

    We are sooooooo weak so far 🙁

  • Jeronamo

    Hmmmmmm

  • Jeronamo

    Luck? Maybe…. hmmmm

  • Brad

    if we could just stop being offside

  • Jeronamo

    We’re losing it in the middle of the park for a while now and that’s giving elche chances.

  • Ali

    We need mario Suarez after break..

  • Jeronamo

    What…. the…. villa

  • Brad

    so close…

  • palestine-atletico

    I will die if we dont win this game….

  • Jeronamo

    Ok so in the second half we NEED to see RG8, Diego and Sosa… we haven’t even forced a decent save out of the keeper

  • Arjit

    Definitely loosing the midfield battle, they are out-running us. Perhaps villa should be taken off, he runs the least. Get RG8 or Diego in there, move Adrian to villa’s spot. That could work OR Simeone could inject some passion into the team at half time and all will be well 🙂

  • Brad

    let’s not pass to the guy who’s on his ass…

  • Jeronamo

    See….. that’s the injection we needed… PENALTY

  • Brad

    now give the penalty to not costa

  • Will

    We cant miss all these penalties..

  • kris

    Oh my god… Another missed penalty… My oh my… This is bad that we are missing so many penalties.

  • Jeronamo

    Smh I should have known… that pretty much sums up david villa

  • Brad

    Ok, everybody needs to report for penalty practice tomorrow morning, 8 am. No excuses…

  • Jeronamo

    @ will apparently we can miss them

  • Brad

    Next penalty attempt goes to Koke

  • Jeronamo

    Next penalty attempt goes to me

  • Ali

    Another penalty miss O_O

  • Brad

    You’d probably do better than Villa just did…

  • Jeronamo

    And I hate taking penalties

  • Brad

    STAY ON SIDE

  • Will

    Koke out???? What?

  • Jeronamo

    I see simione read my comment at half time

  • Jeronamo

    But koke should have stayed on… villa needs to come off but whatever

  • Ali

    Diego should take our penalties. He was a regular penalty taker at wolfsburg..

  • Jeronamo

    @ali he can’t take them from the bench

  • Jeronamo

    Thank you Cholo

  • Ali

    If he’s on the field he should take otherwise gabi or Garcia..

  • Brad

    Diego Costa…yellow carded for being mugged

  • palestine-atletico

    Guys i am getting maaaaaaaaaddddd

  • Brad

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL

  • Jeronamo

    Lovely Miranda…… Goal!!!!! THANK YOU CHOLO

  • kris

    GOOOOOOOOLL!!!!!! MIRANDA!!!!!! THAT PRECISION FROM SOSA!!!! LIKE I SAID BEFORE, IF ADRIAN IS EVEN CONSIDERED TO BE STARTED, IT SHOULD BE AFTER SOSA!!! 4 ASSISTS FOR SOSA THIS SEASON???

  • kris

    I need to turn off my caps. xD.

  • Will

    Yes!! Miranda! Simeone said it.. To the second post!

  • Brad

    Cholo gets so happy when we score 😀

  • Brad

    Pretty sure the assistant ref is blind

  • Ali

    I lost count how many header goals we have scored this season…

  • Brad

    an impressive number

  • palestine-atletico

    I love u miranadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Brad

    Vamos Atleti Vamos

  • Jeronamo

    I don’t think that’s a penalty

  • Brad

    Silly Elche, you can’t do that

  • Jeronamo

    Well on second thought

  • Brad

    That’s how you do it

  • Jeronamo

    3 points

  • kris

    YYYYESSSSS!!! Thank you.. The way somebody steps up, u can see from their face whether they will miss or score. Costa looked fearless this time that’s why he scored. The last time he took it, u saw it from his face how nervous he was. Well done. Thank you.

  • Jeronamo

    It was a penalty tho… I’m glad we wrapped this up… our subs have won this game for me today. THANK YOU CHOLO

  • kris

    Another Final won.!! Three points!! Gracias Cholo.

  • Brad

    Atleti, Atleti, Atletico de Madrid!

  • Jeronamo

    On to the next one…. why do I feel like picking up my sword and shield and stepping on the frontline of the battlefield right now?

  • Brad

    No shield and sword necessary; just a red and white striped kit, a scarf and your best singing voice

  • jeronamo

    I think those are our sword and shield

  • marcelo

    Think Cholo has really improved this year with his subs. Completely changed the game. Diego, in particular was amazing.

  • Silchas

    these games are killing me, waty too exciting for me.
    We need someone who can score penalty goals, even the second from costa was bad.

  • Ali

    I have a question for farhan from india!
    Why is ganguly interested in football?
    I remember him he was a great indian batsman along with sachin tendulkar.

  • Brad

    Silchas, I agree. Too much excitement. It makes it difficult to pretend to work!