Matchday LIVE: Villarreal vs. Atlético

Rojiblancos out to end the Yellow Submarine's unbeaten start to the season

Villarreal enjoying a lot of success under Marcelino

Villarreal enjoying a lot of success under Marcelino

Atlético travel to El Madrigal this evening to face an in form Villarreal side, looking for three important points to start a potentially decisive week in their season.

Cholo has made five changes to the team that beat Getafe on Tuesday night, bringing Jesús Gámez into defence at right-back and opting for Jackson Martínez in attack.

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Starting XIs

Villareal: Areola; Mario, Bailly, Víctor Ruiz, Costa; Bruno, Trigueros; Dos Santos, Castillejo; Soldado, Baptistão.

Atlético: Oblak; Gámez, Godín, Giménez, Filipe; Gabi, Tiago, Saúl, Óliver; Griezmann, Jackson.



  • Kris

    The fullbacks are having a shit game. Filipe can’t do anything.

  • atleti

    Ok so far we are bad!
    No passion bad passes.. gabi and saul are very weak!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Nonsense. Starting with 3 defensive type midfielders will always look like this.

  • BKG

    Should start with Lucas and/or Savic. Nobody in our defence is performing. Tiago and Gabi are not good enough to play either, at least not both at the same time. Tiago is very much on his way out, and absolutely not world class as some people strangely seem to think.

  • Kris

    Tiago(and Gabi) perform well against slower paced attacks, but against Barcelona, Villarreal, Athletic,Celta that press so fast and so much, it’s absolutely useless to play with BOTH of them at the same time. They won’t be able to offer anything.

    Oliver needs to take control of this by game playing deeper, instead of playing out wide. I would like to see Correa and Juanfran(probably not happening) enter the game.

  • Kris

    Gamez shouldn’t start a game again. Savic should be our #2 right-back.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Gamez is straight garbage

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I really hope Atleti prove me wrong but it’s feeling like zero points here

  • Ambreesh

    They are defending extremely well. We are unable to open their defence

  • Kris

    Griezmann and Correa are on a league of their own. Very direct players who just look to score.

  • Ambreesh

    Kudos to marcelino and villarreal. He executed a tactical masterclass. In the first half he stopped our supply to our forwards by marking and pressing our ineffective midfield duo of gabi and tiago and in the second half defended with 11 players behind the ball.

  • AaX

    Correa’s inclusion is too late, should have played out combination with Oliver. Saul is out of form, bad inclusion for the match and further. Fortunately we still can end up higher than real by the end of next week if we seriously START KICKING OUR ASSES NOW !!

  • Kris

    Full backs completely changed our game today by playing like absolute shit. What’s the use of all the attacking names you have if they can’t play well?

    Correa and Griezmann should play side by side on a 4-3-3 with Jackson in the middle. A midfield of Saul, Oliver, and Gabi/Tiago (Koke when he returns) will suffice. Also, Gamez shouldn’t get a single minute again. Filipe also played like shit.

    I like Saul.He didn’t play well the first half. When he was handed the defensive mid role after the 1st half thoug, he did his job extremely well. Also the last game he played, he played just as well. Seems like a natural defensive mid, I don’t know why Simeone has been playing him out wide.

    Yeahh, we get the experience and leadership from playing Gabi and Tiago, but man when we have players like Saul who do the job better than them, why continue with them? There’s already experience with Koke, Griezmann, Godin, Juanfran, Filipe, Jackson.

    Vietto doesn’t fit the team well. He’s a poacher and gets put in the team to make something out of nothing. How does that work, Simeone? I like Jackson but he hasn’t gelled well yet. Torres is okay,,, but come on, he’s no way better than Jackson. Jackson should play more to become the 9 that he is.

    A loss is a loss. Simeone is angered and probably regrets playing Gamez. But, on to the next one. Let’s win against Benefica, now shall we?

  • Kris

    Disagree. Saul was playing bad when he was playing out wide, but he performed the defensive mid role very well. He’s in no way out of form. He was outrunning players.

  • AaX

    Seen better, Whatever, we still lost. And I will always be pissed off because unlike many I stayed up past 3am everytime when needed to watch the team and sometimes have to take earlier naps.

  • Ambreesh

    Ya ok. Not such a great performance but nevertheless i thought that we played some nice fast paced one touch football in the 2nd half especially in the last 15-20 mins. A loss is a loss but our forward line is completely new. They are taking time to gel is all. I don’t mind the loss provided these minutes will help our forwards to improve their cohesion.

  • AaX

    Being too apologetic isn’t going to help Atletico’s cause either. No lost is good by our recent standard now. This is a bad one. The players should have already gelled better by now with correct line ups having learnt what we endured the first half of last season. The millions spent were to minimize this very episode and regain back our true capabilities and firepower.
    So justifiably we should be angry and dissappointed, but that’s ones choice.