After conceding a draw in the final minutes against Alavés last week, Atlético Madrid have their first away test on Saturday night against newly-promoted Leganés in the outskirts of Madrid.
The home side are debutants this season in La Liga, meaning Cholo’s men will be the first ever top flight visitors to the Municipal de Butarque after their away win at Celta Vigo on the opening weekend.
Kick-off in the capital is set for 22:15 CET.
Antoine Griezmann will make his 2016-17 debut in this game, with Atlético needing to bounce back to remain in contention for the La Liga title.
Tiago will lose his spot in the squad, as Cholo opts for a more attacking side than the 4-4-2 that played Alavés. Lucas and Thomas were also dropped from the squad although Vrsjalko could make his debut.
Atlético will need to focus on finishing chances this time around as only 6 of their 27 shots were on target last time out. They looked better in the second half when Torres joined the side, but the first XI certainly has enough fire power to score goals against newly promoted sides.
Leganés should field a similar team to the one that upset Celta 1-0 last Monday. That would mean a defensive 5-4-1 featuring Jon Serantes in goal with Adrián Marín, Diego Rico, Martín Mantovani, Bustinza, and Víctor Diaz manning the backline.
Gabriel, Alberto, and Unai López play the midfield with Darwin Machís likely to replace David Timor after his suspension. Guerrero is the lone striker.
Most would predict Atlético to start the season with six points since they were matched up against two newly promoted sides, but Leganés could be another tough opponent after their upset in Balaídos.
Located just south of Madrid and beginning their first season ever in the Spanish top flight, Leganés are a team with plenty of attacking pedigree scoring 59 goals last season, tied for the most in the Segunda División. They also only conceded 34, second only to Girona.
Simeone spoke about the match in his press conference on Friday, underling the importance of a win after failing to take all three points against Alavés.
“I imagine a very enthusiastic Leganés playing at home,” said the Argentine. “We will have to interpret the match quickly to come away with the result we want.”
Leganés manager Asier Garitano had confident words on the other hand, saying, “I am not afraid of Atlético. We’re just focused on being better and improving.”
Atlético match selection
Goalkeepers: Oblak, Moreira
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Savic, Vrsaljko, Giménez, Juanfran
Midfielders: Koke, Augusto, Gabi, Saúl, Carrasco, Gaitán
Forwards: Torres, Gameiro, Correa, Griezmann