Matchday LIVE: Espanyol vs. Atlético

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Fernando Torres starts for Atleti amidst rumours of a new contract

Fernando Torres starts for Atleti amidst rumours of a new contract

Diego Simeone has named his strongest available side to face Espanyol on Saturday evening, knowing that a win is crucial if Atleti are to keep their title hopes alive.

Sandwiched between two massive Champions League ties against Barcelona, you might have expected Cholo to rest some players. But it seems it’s partido a partido right to the very end.

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Starting XIs

Espanyol

Pau; Javi López, Álvaro, Enzo Roco, Óscar Duarte, Rubén Duarte; Diop, Víctor Sánchez, Abraham, Asensio, Gerard

Atlético

Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Lucas, Filipe; Gabi, Augusto, Koke, Carrasco; Griezmann, F Torres




  • Nick Lawley

    Torres is really starting to be his old self recently!

  • Cor what a chance from Torres! Great turn to get rid of the defender

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Can someone tell me what Augusto adds to our side?
    Maybe if we lose this will be the last of seeing all the defensive type midfielders on the field at the same fucking time

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Koke to Torres

  • Viva Fernando Torres!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Beautiful pass and excellent goal

  • Palatine

    These last few games I feel like I’m watching the old Torres, did you see his first chance? amazing stuff

  • Kris

    Another one from Torres.

  • Kris

    He’s a new Torres. Brilliant positioning.

  • Hannu

    It start to look like that we dont need any Costa back.
    Fernandoo TORRES!

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Koke also seems like he has regained his old form

  • Kris

    Well he is good at bringing the ball forward from our own half, but this game he hasn’t looked any good. Our midfield looks weak because of him today. Maybe we should bring in Thomas or Saul for him in the 2nd half.

  • Kris

    Koke is playing higher up than he usually does. He’s even making runs in to the box for crosses! He’s playing like an attacking midfielder, but he’s never lost that vision to pass between the lines or loop a perfect ball over like he did today.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    He didn’t look good against Barca on Tuesday either honestly

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    If I’m not mistaken all of his and the one goal have come from whenever he has played more centrally

  • Kris

    I agree with that as well, his defensive contributions haven’t been to Atletico’s standards. He’s an anomaly in the Atletico center midfield position, and I think he plays best in a 4-3-3 with two other central midfielders who are better at defending.

  • Kris

    Carrasco man, we need you to take on players down the wings more please.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I think he’s just as defensive as Gabi or Kranevitter. What we need is more creativity and control in the middle

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Yeah, everybody says the same, he brings the ball forward, but I just can’t see that he is doing that too often or too well .
    Even when almost everybody went crazy about his performance against Barca in the league before he got injured and against Real Madid, I just didn’t see that he did anything special .

    While against Barca in the Champions League he was invisible .

  • Kris

    You think he is just as defensive? I don’t think he’s defensive enough because he hasn’t been able to break any attacks from Espanyol and that’s making us appear weak in the middle.

    Gabi is the best defensive midfielder we have as he reads the plays very well and breaks down attacks. Krane is not as good defensively as Gabi obviously because he’s inexperienced. You also have to remember that Augusto was not always a central midfielder, he used to play attacking mid.

    I think there are games where Augusto plays very well, this one is not one of them and that’s up to the manager to recognize which player is suitable for which match.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Griezmann!!!

  • Kris

    Another beautiful ball from Koke.

  • Kris

    Number 20 for Griezmann, take a bow!

  • ToHaJu

    he just did it 🙂

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Not a fan of those 2 coming off

  • Kris

    Not the best performance from Carrasco but he’s slowly getting back to it.

  • nandes

    love how quickly that player got off the ground after filipe said something to him lol

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Juanfran hasn’t been good today to be honest

  • Sebastian Tataru

    the last 3 goals were created by koke incredible , and torres as well is fanatstic, AUPA ATLETI

  • Correa should probably have passed that… but I remember how much we criticised Vietto when he passed instead of shot a few weeks ago…

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Koke

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    MOTM

  • Palatine

    Torres & Koke have been great today

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Torres and Koke today…outstanding!

  • Kris

    KOKE MOTM. Was everywhere. Torres 2nd MOTM.

  • Koke

    Koke and Torres. Wow, what a game from each of them. Fernando will be a big miss on Wednesday. Lately he has been a monster, plus in general he seems to always have a few goals up his sleeve against the likes of Barca and Madrid…

  • Kris

    Thomas is not a bad passer of the ball is he? Atleti #10 shirt if Oliver leaves in the summer.

  • AndersAT

    Koke is simply “The Man”. And Torres is looking like a man with confidence again, it is great to see.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Agree, Gabi is the one who covered Tiago’s absence, which means we didn’t need Augusto, I still believe that, we needed a defensive midfielder after Tiago’s injury, not an attacking one .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    In our 7 games against Enrique’s Barca we scored 6 goals :
    1 from Koke, 2 penalties & 3 from Torres .
    50% of our goals and 75% of our open-play goals against them .
    That what we will miss on Wednesday .