Match preview: Atlético vs. Celta

It's the final day of the season as Atleti welcome Celta to Madrid

Will Simeone rotate, or play his strongest XI with 2 weeks to recover?

Will Simeone rotate, or play his strongest XI with 2 weeks to recover?

With the league title out of Atlético’s grasp, the only thing that Atleti are playing for now is City pride, as they welcome Celta to the Vicente Calderón on Saturday evening.

Kick-off in the final day of this La Liga season is at 19:30 CEST.

Following the 2-1 defeat to Levante in Valencia, Atlético slipped to third place in the league. Finishing above their eternal rivals Real Madrid is now out of their hands, and Atleti will have to hope Real either lose or draw with Deportivo if they are to have a chance to retake second place.

Our neighbours are still fighting for the league title, and will have on eye on Barcelona’s game with Granada, which kicks off at the same time.

With two weeks to go until the Champions League final in Milan, Atlético’s players will have plenty of time to rest up following Saturday’s match, although Simeone will be hoping to avoid any freak injuries to any of his soldiers against Celta.

Atlético haven’t beat Celta at home since 2013, and they were even dumped out of the Copa del Rey by the Galicians this season after a 3-2 loss at the Vicente Calderón.

Los Rojiblancos have all players available, and there are no new injury worries for Diego Simeone, who serves the last match of his touchline ban. He will be available for the start of next season.

Iago Aspas, one of Celta’s more dangerous players, missed training with the club this week and is likely to miss the game for the visitors.

There is not much more to say for this one other than let’s go out and get a good result, have everyone come through healthy and use the two weeks to prepare for Milan.

  • AndersAT

    I would love to see Tiago in this match.