Matchday LIVE: Atlético vs. Athletic

Raúl García returns to the Calderón to take on Atleti with his new side

Raúl García meets his former teammates (pic: @atletienglish)

Raúl García meets his former teammates (pic: @atletienglish)

Atlético Madrid can move level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday evening, if they can take all three points from visiting Athletic.

Atlético legend Raúl García returns to the Vicente Calderón for the first time since leaving, in what will be a special night in the Spanish capital.

You can prepare for the match by reading our Match Preview.

Starting XIs

Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Filipe, Gabi, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco, Griezmann, Vietto

Athletic: Iraizoz, Bóveda, Balenziaga, Laporte, Etxeita, Iturraspe, Beñat, R. García, Williams, Aduriz, De Marcos

  • Happy to see Vietto get the nod again alongside Griezmann!

  • Kris

    How tall is VIetto?

  • starvs

    per wikipedia: 1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)

  • Where was Gabi on the corner? Needs to be marking on the back post!

    Come on Atleti! Big response needed after going a goal down

  • Kris

    Yes. A lot of scrappy play. No real flow from Atleti at all so far. Quite surprised nobody was marking Laporte.

  • Kris

    Thanks. Looks taller than that though.

  • koke

    Good for Saul! I really really like this kid, he has the heart and courage of a lion despite being so young. The second half will be much more manageable being tied instead of being a goal down.

    We really haven’t been able to create any clear chances so far which is worrying to me, and it has been a problem all season. I think in a game like this, the likes of Oliver Torres and Angel Correa could be very useful. Both have the power to open up defenses and work in tight spaces – Oliver with his passing and quick turns, Correa with his incisive dribbling.

    Hopefully we can win this game and go top! You get the feeling that this is the type of game to be decided by a set piece. I hope Simeone keeps Vietto on the field and that he makes attacking substitutions if we need goals late in the game.

  • Kris

    OH what a goal from Antoine Griezmann!!!

  • What a goal that is!

  • Goalsmann

    the only weak point of griezmann in my thoughts was goals from out side the box…
    well he proved me wrong and gave 3 points to atletico

  • BlasiusMagnus

    beside the goal, i think grizi was the worst player on field.