Matchday LIVE: Villarreal vs. Atlético

Follow all the action as Diego Simeone's men take on the Yellow Submarine

Big match in store at El Madrigal

Big match in store at El Madrigal

After a busy week of announcements, fan protests and off-the-pitch talk, it’s back to what really matters for Atlético Madrid tonight – the football.

The rojiblancos take on Villarreal at El Madrigal this evening, and are in desperate need of a win to get their La Liga campaign back on track after a disappointing draw at home to Espanyol last time out.

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

Starting XIs

Villarreal: Asenjo; Mario, Álvaro, Víctor Ruiz, Costa; Bruno, Trigueros, Dos Santos, Soriano; Sansone, Pato

Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Savic, Lucas; Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Correa; Griezmann, Gameiro



  • Kris

    What justifies Carrasco’s benching?

  • Kris

    Simeone has lost his shit bro. what the fuck? He starts his players to play for a draw and he is getting beaten already. But even after being 1-0 down, he puts in another CM.

  • Kris

    Will be a miracle if we make a comeback from this. We are especially shit when we go down.

  • atleti lover

    We as fans don’t deserve this from the players …!!!!what the fuck tiago is doing! What kind of attitude as if they are playing in friendly match…wake up we are out of la liga title race and out of top four now!!!
    #Sack simeone

  • Kris

    2-0. This is Simeone’s fault.

  • AndersAT

    Well this sucks big time.

  • Kris

    Absolutely broken. Let’s see what kind of character we can show after being 2-0 down. Are we gonna continue to defend or bring on players who can make plays happen?

  • Kris

    Yep and a goalkeeper is injured. Fuck off man.

  • AndersAT

    Well it is definitely also the players fault…

  • Zinni DUDU

    F*ck my ass!! It is over. Simeone has nothing else than bullshit in his head. Letting on of his best players of the season on the bench with carrasco. Buying Gameiro was a mistake too. Lets be honest he nothing than a average player. Playing with two short players as strikers is nothing else than shit.

  • Kris

    He subbed off Tiago after 1 mistake for another central midfielder. Now the #1 keeper is injured so we’re forced to make another substitution. 1 sub left and two nil down, all before half time. Come on man. This guy is not using his head to think. All emotional reactions. Koke has been so shit for the past month and a half and he continues to start him.

  • Zinni DUDU

    He should have brought carrasco. Now oblak is injured we have only one sub left. Who we are gonna choose? Torres, Carrasco, Gaitan?

  • Kris

    Gimenez.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Gimenez should have started. But Simeone has somthing against him since our game in munich. Savic showed his quality in the most important game against Real madrid: Nothing else than bullshit

  • Zinni DUDU

    Gameiro is also shit. He is small, he is weak. Only fast nothing more than that. We can not play our full game with striker who is 172cm. Lets be honest even a torres not inform is better because he can hold the fucking balls

  • Zinni DUDU

    Simeones genius plans to play Savic and Tiago.

  • Zinni DUDU

    To be honest Griezmann needs to be benched and not carrasco. Carrasco is by far our best player this season. Gameiro does not suit to our stile. He is small, he is weak. Play a 32 Year old Torres for him; he showed last season he is still there in the big matches because he is our man. Griezmann and Gameiro are not playing with their hearts for our club. Where are the times where we had players like Costa and Raul, who did everything ?

  • Kris

    Exactly man. This isn’t right. He fucking subbed off Tiago after 30 minutes because of one mistake. WHAT THE FUCK IS THE LOGIC IN THAT? As a leader you expect mistakes from players, and you have to have patience. This motherfucker just said fuck you to the player he chose to start in the first place, because he wanted that cushion in the back. And then even replacing him, he puts in another CM who can not do anything attacking wise. He came to Madrigal to play for a draw and he’s being punished for it. Everybody makes mistakes, you can’t take a player off for one mistake. The person who’s been making the most mistakes is Simeone himself in using the same fucking outdated tactis with a group of players who can’t play like that. He doesn’t even acknowledge his mistakes man. You gotta be in some high fucking horse to be like that. Maybe he can’t get the players to play any other type of football than defend and defend and defend, then in that case it is our fault as fans to not be able to recognize that.

  • Kris

    Bro this guy is playing with three central midfielders, how about benching one of them to make room for Carrasco without having to take off Griezmann? Griezmann is still a player who can change the game out of nowhere, Koke, Gabi, Tiago, Saul can’t do that.

  • Kris

    Plus I feel you need to stop complaining about the players that we have. They are the players that we have and you can’t change that for about 1 1/2 years. However, you can change the way that the group of players that we have play.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Waiting for Simeones pressconference:
    Partido a partido loosing with our gnome strikers.

  • Kris

    That’s actually pretty funny even though I disagree with you. Thanks for the laughs. 🙂

  • Kris

    Hoping for a better 2nd half even if we lose.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well lets make our bad evening a funny one…

  • Maura

    Well it certainly can’t be any worse. I don’t know what needs to be done, but something needs to happen to get the team out of its slump. Everyone is playing like they are in a stupor.

  • AndersAT

    I am really not impressed with Correa. He is an ok forward, but he shouldn’t play in the midfield.

  • Zinni DUDU

    I am not impressed with our whole team. Especially not with our gnom strikers:
    Griezmann: 175
    Gameiro: 172
    Correa: 173.

    Gameiro is doing nothing else than staying offside

  • Kris

    Saul just passed the ball to… umm… Caspar?

  • Kris

    He stays on the field any longer we are gonna be down to 10 men.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Yeah and gameiro was offside

  • Zinni DUDU

    I am not impressed with our whole team. Especially not with our gnom strikers:
    Griezmann: 175
    Gameiro: 172
    Correa: 173.

    Gameiro is doing nothing else than staying offside

  • Karlp

    i hope this is rock bottom

  • Aaron

    Bang on mate, no pace going forward with our attacks, everything has to be perfect for Gameiro to do something where as with Torres even at 32 he will make things out of nothing and still has the pace, All players lacking belief

  • Kris

    3-0.

  • KO CESARO

    costa raul mario suarez arda fucking turan …..!!!!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Lets be honest:
    We were shit in every aspect of our game. Shit Shit Shit Shit. I have to say sorry for my bad comments about Gameiro. The last weeks for not easy for me.. 🙁

  • Hannu

    We are fucking done. Simeones Atleti is done. Milano was just too much for him. He just dont have grip anymore.

  • KO CESARO

    saul fucking sucks !!!

  • aileen

    I won`t be watching this anymore if I see Gameiro and Griezmann .Maybe they are in bad shape, or tired or shouldn`t play together, doesn`t matter. But It`s unbelievable to use these two men who can do nothing apart from running purposelessly or being caught in offsides

  • AnonX

    If you don’t dare to win get out of here. We rather be more daring to win than too afraid to lose.
    This is NEVER ATLETI, Simeone or NO Simeone.

  • Zinni DUDU

    That we have not LB ist not a Problem, because Vrsalijko is used to play that position for his nationalteam. But if simeone decides to let him on the bench and play fillipe every fucking minute, thats a nother question.

  • Zinni DUDU
  • KO CESARO

    i am going to boycott atleti until they decide to bring real men that we used to have and not those phonies and by the way i going to watch a real men play football yes i am talking about FC FUCKING SEVILLA

  • KO CESARO

    i am going to boycott atleti until they decide to bring real men that we used to have and not those phonies and by the way i going to watch a real men play football yes i am talking about FC FUCKING SEVILLA !!!

  • Chewie

    Funny thing, it seems that in almost every season with Simeone, there comes a time when the football starts to be completely unwatchable. I’m not interested in analyzing all the possible changes that could make the squad better, I’m interested in seeing a team that not only fights, but shows class.

    In the previous several years I was watching our games thinking: how can these fuckers even think about beating us? What can they do? This season, I don’t have this feeling at all. There’s just a tired, awkward, struggling team with no characteristic style and no component that can be considered the best in the world.

    I used to take pride in the team’s defense, but seems like that went to shit as well.
    Curious to see what will come next.

  • KO CESARO

    yes this saul guy needs to be released along with gameiro and Griezmann

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well we can play this season with bilbabo for the europa league spots. I am sure that Gameiro will help us reaching 6 th oder 7 th of the league

  • KO CESARO

    lol

  • KO CESARO

    yes they are a bunch of fucking midgets with no aggressiveness

  • KO CESARO

    i remember back when we had real players like cost and RG8 (real men) now we have fucking saul and gameiro

  • KC

    We lost the Champions League final on Penalties and we decide to change tactics and some personnel. Not sure why? Torres will always be a better fit with Griezmann because he is willing to make the runs to open up space for Griezmann. He is unselfish, he will score the big goals and draw penalties because he still demands a double team. Why is he not on the field like he was during our terrific run last year? Gamiero is a good player, but not the best choice to play with Griezmann. We do not need two 30 goal scorers like other have posted, that was proven last year! And yes, if you only play sparingly (Like Torres this year) you will not be a consistent performer. He proved it last year. When we finally decided to start him consistently, he rewarded us!