Match preview: Sevilla vs. Atlético

Atleti face their first tough test of the season away in Seville

It was a tough game last season, with 11 yellow cards

It was a tough game last season, with 11 yellow cards

It’s Sevilla that play host to Atlético Madrid on Sunday evening, with Simeone’s men heading to the Ramon Sánchez Pizjuán knowing that a tough test awaits them in their first away match of the season.

Kick-off in Andalusia is set for 20:30 CEST.

It’s been a busy week since Atlético’s 1-0 opening day victory over Las Palmas last Saturday.

Their transfer business is pretty much done following the signing of Matias Kranevitter and Santos Borré, although both will stay at their current clubs until 2016. Only Siqueira is still expected to leave the Calderón.

Sevilla on the other hand, do have a flagship summer signing available to play on Sunday. Fernando Llorente completed his move from Juventus to Seville this week, and will be available to start for Unai Emery’s men.

Jesus Gámez is expected to start at left-back after an injury to Filipe Luís. The returning Atlético defender has a hamstring injury, although he has already resumed training with the group.

“Filipe is out,” said Simeone at his pre-match press conference. “He is not able to play. Gámez will come in and try to recreate some of the performances he put in last season.”

It’s clear the coach does not count on Guilherme Siqueira.

Sevilla started their season with a 0-0 draw against Málaga. This game is likely to be Atlético’s first real game against one of their tough rivals.

A good omen for El Cholo, is that Atlético haven’t lost to Sevilla since October 2010.

“We’re playing an important match, against a very strong team,” Cholo told the media.

“They are very well matched to us. I can see they are a mirror in certain situations, with a very competitive coach who has managed to reinvent the team.”

The same fixture last season ended in a 0-0 draw, with some questionable officiating decisions by Clos Gómez. Atlético received seven yellow cards that day.

The same man is set to referee on Sunday.

Out for Sevilla are Nico Pareja through injury, and Steven N’Zonzi through suspension.

While the rest of the team should pick itself, Simeone has yet to decide who will start up-front for los Rojiblancos.

“Tomorrow, we will decide whether Vietto, Jackon or Torres will play,” he teased the assembled reporters.

If Vietto does pull on the red and white, it will be his debut for Atlético after signing from Villarreal in the summer.

Fernando Torres on the other hand, has never won a game at the Ramon Sánchez Pizjuán. He’s never scored there either.

Here’s hoping he breaks his duck on Sunday.

Atlético squad to face Sevilla:
Goalkeepers: Moyá, Oblak
Defenders: Godín, Savic, Gámez, Juanfran, Giménez
Midfielders: Tiago, Koke, Raúl García, Óliver, Gabi, Saúl, Carrasco
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Jackson, Correa, Vietto

  • Kris

    Damn. Hamstring to Filipe? He put on a great performance last match.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I’m still not convinced with Gamez as a left back, maybe I’m the only one, but I just can’t see how he is better than Siqueira, not just in attack -which is very obvious that the Brazilian is way better than him- but also in defense .
    Gamez is slow, have you seen how the Japanese player outran him very easily and scored a goal with some help from Moya & Savic in the preseason ?! or do you remember his 2 games vs Barca, at Camp Nou in La Liga & at the Calderon in the cup ?!
    And there is the disadvantage of being a right-footed, when he is under pressure from the opponent players you can see very clearly that he is uncomfortable .

    O.K, maybe Simeone and most of you are right and Siqueira is really bad, but what about Lucas ?! .. If he didn’t even make it to the list while both Filipe & Siqueira are out then when will he ?!
    Why did we keep him then, should have loaned him, how many minutes can he get at Atleti when he is the 4th choice CB and the 3rd choice LB ?!

    And even if Lucas became our 2nd choice left back, I really don’t know how good he is, and it’s not his natural position by the way, and he is only 19 .

    Unless we have to let Siqueira go because of our salary ceiling (I don’t believe that),
    I think it will be a very bad idea, and it won’t be just a game or two, Filipe will miss several games due to fatigue and -I hope not- injuries, since he is 30 and has spent most of last season on the bench, and more importantly, he didn’t catch much of our preseason .

    Gamez holds the record for the longest time of play without scoring a goal in Spanish football, in fact, in his 10-years senior career, he scored only one goal .
    Siqueira does score goals, he scored a very important one against Levante last season, and if he didn’t, we would have finished 4th .
    Think about that .

    (Note : I don’t think Gamez is a bad player, I think he is not a good left back, but I do think he is a decent right back and should share minutes with Juanfran to give him some rest, and that’s actually what he was brought in to do, but it only happened 3 or 4 times last season)

  • starvs

    Totally agree, I think we should keep Siqueria for depth, right footed left backs are just never gonna be ideal. Maybe money is a factor though, if so he is the most expendable. Although maybe Raul Garcia, but I think his experience/leadership/example is still important, as it is largely a young team.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Our salary ceiling set by LFP last season was a little above 80 million, and this season the club sent a request to raise it, and they introduced some documents to show that our revenue has increased .
    I didn’t read if the request was accepted or not, but even if not, we sold Mandzukic & Arda who had high salaries, and I don’t believe that Jackson and Oliver will earn as much as them .
    Filipe’s salary isn’t so big either, he accepted much less than he earned at Chelsea to facilitate his return .

    So, I don’t think it’s a money issue, it’s a strange vision from Simeone, he feels good about having only one natural left back, and he keeps lying to himself that he will give a young talent like Lucas a real chance, he did the same with Oliver and Manquillo then he eventually loaned them .

  • atleti10

    Hmm, Is Siquera injured?

  • AaX

    I never think that letting Siquiera go would be a wise decision even if it could actually be because of his own choice. He Siquiera should be able to understand that he could end up playing as much vital games as Filipe would since We are really contending in 2 big competitions this season and in a better squad depth. I hope somehow we managed to keep him for just at least this season if needed so for all the reasons that has been mentioned.

  • Arjit Barua

    Siquera maybe more skilled going forward but he gives away possession far more needlessly just to dribble. And defensively I really don’t think he’s superior, he rarely wins headers and makes very poor decisions. Only case for siquera defensively is that he’s faster and he’s naturally left footed.

  • Kris

    I don’t quite know who you are comparing Siqueira to. He’s obviously not better than Filipe but he’s a much better left back than Gamez is in virtually every aspect, that’s for sure.
    Yeahh, if he doesn’t want to stay then let him go, but if he wants to stay, Simeone should reward him with minutes.

  • Arjit Barua

    Both of Sevilla’s full backs are better that siquera. Siquera goes on random runs with the ball when noone is supporting him and the just loses it… I’ve lost count how many times he did that last season. You can’t cut it at the top level if you’re still looking straight down at the ball the whole time you’re dribbling.

  • ToHaJu

    100% right about Gamez

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I didn’t think many people will agree with me, I remember that Gamez -the left back- had too many fans last season .