Matchday LIVE: Sporting vs. Atlético

It's back to league action as Atleti travel to Gijon

Kranevitter, Correa and Gámez all start for Atleti

Kranevitter, Correa and Gámez all start for Atleti

Atlético return to domestic action this weekend with a trip to struggling Sporting, who are in desperate need of points if they are to avoid relegation.

With Barcelona facing a tough trip to Villarreal tomorrow, Atleti know that three points here are absolutely vital if they are to catch up with the league leaders. Simeone has gone for rotation in the side.

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

Starting XIs

Sporting: Cuéllar; Lora, Luis H., Meré, I. López; Sergio, Cases, Omar, Pérez; Sanabria, Jony

Atlético: Oblak, Gámez, Giménez, Lucas, Filipe; Kranevitter, Koke, Saúl, Correa; Griezmann, Vietto



  • Kris

    Sporting de Gijon 19th in the league – Atletico de Madrid 2nd in the league. Well right now, Atleti are playing like they are the team that’s 19th in the league. Holy shit. We are playing Sporting and everyone is back defending, and there have been rarely any attacking plays from us in the 20 minutes that have been played. Smh.

  • Kris

    Lol we just scored a goal from a freekick.WTF? Griezmann goal. 0-1.

  • Mrtn

    Ok, now, if we drop back just a little bit more to our goalline Cholo could finally realize the perfect tactics: we just need to cover 100% of the goal. So this transfer window we should sign 200+ cm tall, 140+ kg defenders from NFL. I guess we could hide our goal pefectly with only 7-8 of them, so we got 3-4 positions left in which we could field the adequate number of central midfielders to make Cholo happy.
    This is a fckin disgrace to football and Atlético Madrid.

  • What a free-kick from Grizi!

  • Kris

    If you guys haven’t seen it already, take a look at this goal from Borja. This is confidence of an in-form striker. I hope he is considered for the Euros.
    https://streamable.com/87jn

  • Kris

    Very good indeed. I may be wrong but the last time I saw a freekick goal scored like that by an Atleti player was by Radamel Falcao in 2013 when he scored like in the 87th minute to get Atleti a 1-0 win. Man, Falcao should have stayed with us. I kind of feel bad for the guy now.

  • nandes

    This reminds me of our late 2014/2015 season matches so far. Little creativity upfront, no midfield, hanging on by a Griezmann goal

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    And who scored for Getafe was our other loanee, Velázquez .
    By the way, after finally seeing Lucas playing almost regularly, I think we should cash-in on Velázquez next summer .

    Del Bosque is a son of bitch, no other coach in Europe would still keep calling Casillas after all the disasters he is doing week after week, he didn’t call Saul and I’m sure if he was asked why he will say that the Sub-21 team needs him . He did call Aduriz, but he would’t dare not to .
    I don’t think he will call Borja to the Euros, if he was considering it he would have called him to next week’s friendlies against Italy & Romania .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I don’t, he did that to himself, he sold himself to Jorge Mendes, yes, sold, that’s exactly what it is, Jorge Mendes literally owns him .

  • Kris

    Vietto is getting really frustrated now. Man, somebody please give him a fucking goal.

  • Mrtn

    This is disgusting… our lone “striker” (who naturtally needs to defend in his own half too) runs with the ball and nobody follows him. This is our gameplay with multimillion attackers…
    There is no excuse for that shit.
    I hope Sporting somehow steals some points as we have to lose some to reach our aim for this season, 3rd place, of course.
    This is a joke, a very bad one…

  • Kris

    …..and Simeone puts in another defender for an attacker. smh. I don’t see how we will get past Barcelona.

  • nandes

    Welp, there it is.

  • Hannu

    What the fuck is happening

  • Kris

    Lol goal. Simeone, come on man. Put in another defender please.

  • Kris

    If Simeone had Messi and Ronaldo in his team, he would bench them for two more defenders.

  • This is unreal… we took off all three strikers and have only FT up front… with 5 defenders…

  • Kris

    Are you even surprised though?

  • Kris

    Ahahhahah.

  • Hannu

    This is not real 😄

  • Kris

    YESS!!! Lmao..

  • Kris

    Come on Simeone, another defender please, you dumbfuck.

  • Kris

    Simeone, luck runs out doesn’t it? Every game you want to win 1-0, now look, 19th placed Sporting have beaten your 2nd place Atleti. And another defender has gotten injured. Fuck off, man.

  • Unbelievable!

  • Hannu

    Simeone what the fuck is wrong with you?

  • Kris

    We could’ve easily beaten Sporting through a more attacking approach, but no. Even Augusto didn’t start, because he holds the ball really well and brings the ball forward. Simeone hates that. The ball shall never go forward according to Simeone, every game we must suffer until luck gives us a win. Well today, luck has favored Sporting. I am fucking furious with this pussified approach to football every single game.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

  • Leix

    I hope there’s at least one player who will yell at Simeone for this bullshit.

  • Kris

    If the board doesn’t yell at him, why would the players? They can’t risk not being able to play.

  • Chewie

    Just imagine it, guys. I felt asleep after the first 15 minutes, then woke up an hour later, seeing the usual 1-0 in the scoreline. And then, BANG, BANG, and I was rooting for Sporting who were the real badass today. I won’t complain about the mechanics of the football we play and the tactics, I’ll just say it’s frustrating to watch.

    Football is a fucking game. I want entertainment.

    Where is the fun?

  • Alex21

    I haven’t been on here in a while but I read regularly through all of the articles and comments.

    We deserved to lose this game. We played like such shit that if it were any other team playing, I would have turned it off 20 minutes through the first half. Complete disgrace for a team in the 8 remaining in Champions League. The lineup from the get go looked like garbage. Kranevitter has shown he is not capable of playing for this team yet. I am typically someone who thinks we should move away from starting Gabi most games, but Kranevitter was not the answer. Koke’s form has been poor. Saul can’t pass and has a horrible first touch. Lucas Hernandez, awful. It goes on and on. It’s pathetic. I’m beyond pissed about the substitutions. Sporting deserved this win. They were the better team by miles. It is an embarrassment to lose to the 2nd worst team in the league point-wise and am sure will give us loads of confidence for the upcoming fixtures.

    Overall, well done Atleti. Well done Simeone. And fuck my ass.

  • nandes

    Correa, Vietto and Torres barely even played today. And not simply because they weren’t good but because the team never seemed to have intention to attack in the whole 95 minutes of the match.

  • Hannu

    😀 for the the last one 😀

  • BlasiusMagnus

    i don’t know why are you guys so upset. you guys just don’t get it…
    simeone and also the players said before that our aim is the 3rd place. we are 2nd at the moment!!!!44!
    so we must drop points and wait for Real, so we can reach our goal, and be the third team this season.

    DUH

    anyway, besides joking. that was a horrible piece of shit. one of our worst match for sure. also right now i think that vietto is just totally not meant to play in this team. he is totally lost, he can’t attack at all. i feel sorry for him. in villarreal he would have scored like 10+ goals.
    i wonder how fucked are we gonna be if gimenez’s injury is serious.
    it give me the chills.

  • BlasiusMagnus

    oh, and the mighty atletico with their fearful attack only had 1 shot on target.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/oOX5qIDkzDjeo/giphy.gif

  • AaX

    NO BETTER TIME TO LOSE !! BETTER THAN DRAWING BECAUSE WE SEEM TO EARN IT MORE TODAY THROUGH OUR NEGATIVE DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL !
    HOW IS THEN WOULD WE LEARN OUR LESSON THAT DEFENDING A LEAD IS NOT BETTER THAN ATTACKING TO DOUBLE OR TRIPLE IT BEFORE WE MEET UP TO THE IMPORTANT MATCHES ??!!

    (BUT IT’S KINDA ODD FACING A TEAM THAT’S IN COMPLETE CARBON COPY OF OUR JERSEYS AND THE STADIUM ENVIRONMENT. IT WAS SOMEHOW LIKE LOSING TO ANOTHER ATLETICO AT THE CALDERON. WIERD !)

  • aileen

    Pure horror.Nothing more to say.But not as strange with Vietto as a first choice (does anybody remember a player apart from him playing 60 minutes or the whole match without a single goal/assist for more than half a year ?!) five defenders, lack of organization and communication and all these strange decisions -Correa, and Griezmann were changed as we were winning 5-0.And Oliver Torres who is not `polite` enough to play for this team:(
    Let`s hope it`s a kind of negative consequence of the last game.
    Nobody is made of steel and stone as Profe Ortega thinks.

  • aileen

    Del Bosque is an old, stubborn and not very intelligent man As a coach he has got his personal preferences not explainable in sport terms ( most of RM players ) as well as people who were sacrificed because of his lack of creativity and thinking .After the last disaster in Brasil he believed that lack of goals come from strikers, not the poor midfield.So he said good bye to Villa and Torres instead of saying so to Iniesta ( and he didn`t notice that Alonso or Hernandez won`t play for 20 more years;)
    Also Casillas is untouchable even if they loose 0-10 in some consequtive games. Sorry for off topic but as long as he is in charge I wouldn`t expect a call for Saul or Baston or Oliver Torres or anybody who is not in `his (eternally the same )list`