Match preview: Sevilla vs. Atlético

Must-win game for Atleti if they are to keep up pressure on top two

Koke set for return to Atleti midfield

Koke set for return to Atleti midfield

After a disappointing away trip to Leverkusen on Wednesday night, Atleti need to refocus on the league this weekend as they travel to the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán to take on Sevilla.

Kick-off on Sunday evening is set for 19:00 CET.

The Andalusians are part of a chasing pack behind Atlético in the table, along with both Valencia and Villarreal, and Atleti will know how important it is to keep them at arms length.

And if a game against Sevilla wasn’t tough enough, next week Atlético welcome Valencia to the Vicente Calderón.

One game at a time, and Atleti have been boosted by the news of Koke returning to the squad list following almost a month out with a hamstring injury.

The canterano has certainly been missed by Atleti, with the team only securing a win and two defeats since the derby. Both losses came on the road.

It’s also a possibility that the midfielder will come straight back in to the starting 11, which means we will see more changes in the centre of the park, after Saúl picked up an injury to his kidney in Germany, and required a stay in a Leverkusen hospital.

“I’m very happy that Koke is returning,” Simeone said ahead of the match on Sunday. “He’s a different type of player and we need him on the field. We are assessing whether or not he will start tomorrow. It could happen.”

In other team news, Siqueira had a yellow card rescinded after he was sent off against Almería, however he picked up a hamstring injury in the opening stages of the Champions League game in midweek and will miss tonight’s match.

This may mean we see the return of the mythical Cristian Ansaldi, who hasn’t played for Atleti since the 2-0 win over Deportivo in November.

Although Simeone could do what he did against both Barcelona and Leverkusen (to varying degrees of success) and start Jesús Gámez at left-back.

The last meeting between these two clubs was back in September, when Atleti crushed the visitors 4-0. This time around, it won’t be so easy.

“We are playing against a team that is doing very well,” Simeone said. “They’ve been working hard for two years, with a continuity and balance that makes them very competitive.”

“This is an important match in the league for us, and for Sevilla.”

Atlético squad list:
Moyá and Oblak.
Defenders: Godín, Ansaldi, Jesús Gámez, Juanfran, Miranda, Lucas.
Midfielders: Raúl, Koke, Tiago, Mario Suárez, Arda, Gabi, Cani.
Forwards: Griezmann, Mandzukic, Raúl Jiménez, Fernando Torres.

Form guide (last six in the league)
Sevilla – LWLLWL
Atlético – WWWWLW


  • Kris

    Okay. Sevilla foul a lot and we MUST win this game. Some of the players on 4 yellows will probably get another yellow today and miss the game against Valencia, but let’s just keep it partido a partido. Que no? Koke, be the savior we’ve all been expecting u to be. Aupa Atleti. May we be victorious today.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Let’s go guys

  • Let’s win and make it 11 points gap between us and them and put an end to this nonsense
    It’s a big insult and it’s very annoying to see the champions of La Liag and runner up of UCL threatened by Sevilla, especially after they lost Rakitic, Moreno & Fazio,
    Yes, we also lost some important players, but unlike them, we signed great replacements
    We dropped many easy points that would have given us at least 15 points cushion above Sevilla already .. so let’s fix this tonight

    We will be kicked a lot, as Kris said, and don’t expect so much protection from a ref like Clos Gomez
    We are talking about the real “violent” team in La Liga, not “the media” violent team, which is us, Sevilla never lost the lead of fouls-committed table this season, not a single week, and after 24 games, they have an “outstanding” 400 fouls .. but forget that, Atletico are the violents
    So, we need a different approach than what happened against Barca & Bayer, simply, we need to be SMART
    if you got fouled and Clos Gomes didn’t call it, don’t be stupid and protest and get a yellow and miss Valencia game if you are one of those under threat, no, do nothing and in the next foul do like Busquets & Alves and scream and roll on the ground and cry like a baby, it’s a coward thing, I know, but guess what, it works !

    This game is like a do-over for Bayer game and a rehearse for the 2nd leg, because both are violent and dirty teams, and it seems that we don’t know how to play against such type of football (I don’t know if Bayer are always that dirty like Sevilla or were just against us) but I don’t want to hear anybody saying that they were just tough and solid like us, because we never put any player in the hospital for 3 days, Saul was just discharged from the hospital in Germany last night, and the play that almost damaged his kidney wasn’t called a foul, rather than giving a card of any color !

    But again, let’s keep the anger and the outrage for us the fans, and let the player and the coaches try to be calm, and SMART .