While the Champions League draw might have thrown up another meeting between two cross-town rivals, it is Getafe who Atlético need to be most concerned with this weekend. The two sides are due to meet on Saturday afternoon in a return to league action for los rojiblancos.
Kick-off at the Vicente Calderón is set for 16:00 CET.
Atleti need a victory to keep up the pace with Valencia, who beat Eche 4-0 away from home on Friday evening. A win will take them back within a point of Valencia, and Atleti will need to stay close behind, hoping they slip up before the end of the season.
Moyá won’t be available to face his former club, after the goalkeeper suffered a hamstring injury in Tuesday night’s Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen. It’s probably a good thing for Moyá – the last time he played in the fixture he was on the wrong end of a 7-0 thrashing.
This does hand a first league appearance to Jan Oblak, the hero of Tuesday night’s penalty shoot-out. The Slovenian has not featured at all for Atleti in the league, as Simeone has instead preferred to field the €16 million signing in the Copa del Rey.
With Moyá injured, Oblak could see an extended run in the first time, handing the 22-year-old the ideal opportunity to show Simeone what he can do.
Atleti will also be without Miranda, who starts the first of a two-game ban for his sending off against Espanyol last week, and Raúl García, who picked up an injury in midweek.
Mandzukic is also absent from the starting line-up for the fourth league game in a row. Twice a substitute, once suspended and now struggling with an injury, he has been left out of Cholo’s squad for the game.
Simeone has been playing with Torres and Griezmann up front in training, and could start with both on Saturday, although it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Griezmann handed a rest after playing 120 minutes on Tuesday.
We could also see a rare start for Raúl Jiménez, although Atleti need to be careful of the so-called ‘big game syndrome’ – the art of performing extremely poorly after a midweek European fixture. They will need to keep their concentration.
“We have to play an intense match,” Simeone told the media. “We need a win and we have to start looking for it from the very first minute. We need to win and hold on to the important position we have in the league.”
It will be interesting to see which eleven the coach goes with – as a win in the league is rarely more important than it is on Saturday afternoon.
Atléticos all over the world will be hoping the win in midweek will be the catalyst for a change in their recent form – and hand them their first league win in four games.
Atlético de Madrid’s squad list:
Goalkeepers: Oblak and Bernabé.
Defenders: Godín, Siqueira, Gámez, Ansaldi, Juanfran, Giménez and Lucas.
Midfielders: Mario, Tiago, Koke, Arda, Gabi and Cani.
Forwards: Griezmann, Raúl Jiménez, Fernando Torres and Héctor.