The focus shifts back to the league on Sunday evening as Atlético make the short journey south across Madrid to take on Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.
Kick-off is set for 21:00 CEST.
It’s the first match for los rojiblancos since the 5-0 thumping they handed out to Malmo in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
It was a fantastic team performance and reassured fans that Atlético can shift up a gear when they need it.
It’s also Getafe’s first match after the incredible 2-1 victory at Anoeta against Real Sociedad. Yoda scored both goals in the final minutes to give the victory to los azulones.
Atleti can go within two points of the top of table with a win over their neighbours, after their fiercer Madrid rivals beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Bernabéu on Saturday evening.
However, the showdown between rivals is the furthest thing from the players’ minds, according to our goalkeeper, Miguel Ángel Moyá.
“We don’t care about El Clásico,” Moyá told the media on Satuday morning. “The match against Getafe is the important one.”
“Not only because it is our next match, but it’s important that we keep on winning to achieve our goals.”
“We want to compete with everyone – and the best way to do that is to win and get closer to the teams ahead of us with three points.”
Moyá, of course, joined Atleti in the summer from Getafe and this will be the first time the goalkeeper faces off against his former club.
“I wish Getafe the best, and always want them to win, except when they are facing Atlético,” Moyá joked.
Moyá isn’t the only player facing off against his old team. Atlético’s trip to Getafe means that Juan Valera gets to play against Atleti, the team he joined as a promising 21-year-old back in 2005.
Simeone received the good news that Gabi is available again after missing out through injury against Malmo; however, Tiago and Ansaldi are still out with knocks.
Our coach faced the media on Saturday and was asked what he thought about our team sharing the goals this season. Unlike previous seasons, it isn’t only the centre forward with his name on the scoresheet.
In our match against Malmo on Wednesday, Atleti had five goals through five different scorers.
“The characteristics of the players changes the way we play. The team is improving; against Espanyol, Sevilla and Juventus, we played very well,” said Cholo.
“The team allows more people the opportunity to get into the box, and we look for any way of scoring that we have.”
Atleti have had 10 different scorers so far this season in the league, and our top scorer is Miranda, with three.
Mandzukic has scored two so far in the league and he managed to get his name on the scoresheet against Malmo for his second Champions league goal this season.
“For Mandzukic, the goal at the near post was important, because he had been playing well and bringing other players into the game,” Simeone said. He doesn’t seem worried.
Our defence will be unchanged from the win in midweek, with Godin and Miranda partnering up after the latter missed last week’s win against Espanyol.
Up front, Alessio Cerci is available for selection again after missing out the game against Espanyol through suspension.
Cerci scored his first goal for Atleti in stoppage time against Malmo, and will be looking for the opportunity to double his tally if he’s given a chance against Getafe.
Also in contention to start up front with Mandzukic are Griezmann, Raúl García and Raúl Jiménez.
Getafe go into the win unbeaten in three, with seven points from their last three matches.
“Our confidence is different. We’re going to play this match with a high self esteem – we want to play a good match and get three points,” Juan Valera told the press before the game.
Getafe’s boss, Cosmin Contra couldn’t help but praise Atlético.
“In football we can beat anybody. Atleti are super favorites and they have pressure mounted against them because they can’t drop points if they want to be up there with Barcelona and Madrid”, said the Romanian coach. “I would like it if they could challenge for the league again, and I think they’re going to do so. But of course we can beat them.”
Atlético squad list:
Goalkeepers: Moyá, Oblak
Defenders: Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Giménez, Jesús Gámez, Siqueira
Midfielders: Mario Suárez, Saúl, Koke, Gabi, Arda, Raúl García, Cristian Rodríguez
Forwards: Cerci, Griezmann, Mandzukic, Jiménez.