Match preview: Real Sociedad vs. Atlético

It's back to domestic action as Atleti take on the Txuriurdin

Atlético's Griezmann set to take centre stage in Anoeta

Atlético's Griezmann set to take centre stage in Anoeta

Atlético’s attention turns back to La Liga on Sunday as Diego Simeone’s men travel to the Basque country to take on Real Sociedad.

Kick-off at San Sebastián is set for 16:00.

It is Atleti’s first league game since they snatched a late point from Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderón a fortnight ago, with the calendar broken up by a flurry of international friendlies.

The focus is firmly back on the league for los Rojiblancos, who sit in fifth place ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, three points behind league leaders Villarreal, and two behind Real and Barca.

David Moyes’ Sociedad team is languishing in sixteenth place in the league, just two points of the bottom, but Atleti know Anoeta is a dangerous place to travel to, having lost 2-1 in the same fixture last season.

Atleti will be relieved to hear that Koke is available for selection again after missing the last couple of weeks through injury. Atlético picked up just a single win in Koke’s absence.

On the flip side, Luciano Vietto, who scored his first goal for Atleti against Real last time out, misses the game after undergoing an appendectomy.

You may remember Antoine Griezmann received a torrent of abuse on his return to San Sebastián. It would be naive to think the Frenchman is to receive a different sort of reception this time around.

“It’s always a complicated place to play,” said Griezmann at his pre-match press conference.

“When I was a player at Real Soceidad, I remember the fans and the players were very excited to play against the big teams and we gave our all. They like to pressure the opposition, so we are preparing for a complicated game, where we try our best to create chances.”

Asked whether the atmosphere would effect him, the youngster shrugged it off.

“No, it’s a joy for me to play in Anoeta. When I arrived to Real at 14, I wanted to play for Real, and no matter if it’s with the shirt of Real Sociedad, Atlético Madrid, or even the national team, it will be a joy to play on that field.”

Cholo has been experimenting with his side in training this week, and the eleven that he chooses to start with will be far from certain.

Fernando Torres is vying with Jackson for a starting spot up-top, alongside Antoine Griezmann.

Yannick Carrasco put in a Man of the Match performance for us against Real Madrid last time out, but only time will tell if it was enough to oust the brilliant Ángel Correa from the starting line-up.

Who would make your starting XI on Sunday?

Atlético squad to face Real Sociedad:
Goalkeepers: Moyá, Oblak
Defenders: Godín, Filipe Luis, Siqueira, Savic, Juanfran and Giménez
Midfielders: Tiago, Koke, Óliver, Gabi, Saúl, Carrasco
Forwards: Griezmann, Fernando Torres, Jackson Martínez and Correa

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I just hope we don’t get Tiago and Gabi at the same time

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    According to the Spanish press, we probably will !
    From what they have seen in trainings last few days they are suggesting a 4-4-2 line-up with :
    Correa – Gabi -Tiago – Koke
    Griezmann – Jackson

    I’m actually not totally against it this time, an away game against a descent opponent, despite being 16th right now .

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I can see the logic in it. I hope all goes well of course