Matchday LIVE: Atlético vs. Las Palmas

Follow all the action as Atleti look for a much needed win to end the year

Big game in store at the Calderón

Big game in store at the Calderón

Atlético Madrid play their last La Liga match of 2016 this afternoon, as former rojiblanco player Quique Setien brings his Las Palmas side to the Vicente Calderón.

In the midst of an injury crisis and perhaps the team’s most difficult period since Simeone took charge, only awin will do for Atlético as they aim to bounce back from a string of disappointing results.

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

Starting XIs

Atlético: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Godín, Savic, Lucas; Gabi, Koke Saúl, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro

Las Palmas: Varas, Lemos, Michel, Bigas, Hélder, Vicente, Montoro, El Zhar, Roque Mesa, Viera, Livaja



  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Well I’m watching today

  • Karlp

    I hate this tension, the smell of a team that has string of bad results.
    I hate that our build up play is so bad. Send long ball then lost the ball asap.
    I hate Koke/Saul as a winger. Vrsaljko made some good movement and Correa will complement him better.
    I hate Las Palmas has this much possession in Calderon.

  • Karlp

    Please, Koke needs to be played centrally. Why Simeone why?

  • Karlp

    bite me bite me bite me

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well thats the problem if you play a 4-4-2. You do not have a central position which would suits koke most.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    So sick of these dumb ass tactics if I’m being totally honest. It’s nice that we’re a team that works so hard without the ball but after the attackers help defend then they have to work doubly hard to attack and it’s just not fair on them

  • Karlp

    that’s actually the problem when you play 4-4-2 with 3 CMs

  • Zinni DUDU

    Is it me or did gameiro become smaller?

  • Zinni DUDU

    Dont forget the times where simeone used to play with four like in milan

  • Karlp

    a very small step. Maybe in 2 years he will finally play 4-4-2 with 2CMs

  • Kris

    Vrsaljko is really good. Him over Juanfran at the moment is a logical decision. Koke shows up for 2 minutes and then disappears. Why’s he playing wide again? Put in Gaitan in that position and he’s gonna give you a much better control of the game than Koke is at the moment. Roque Mesa is what Saul and Koke wish they were at the moment. Our strikers can’t seem to finish their chances… Gaitan in next half, Koke out.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I really want Gaitan to come on for Saul as well

  • Kris

    Two years is too soon for him to progress. Give it at least another decade.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well also Vrsaljko throwins look very good for me. And the few crosses of him were more dangerous than juanfrans all season long

  • Zinni DUDU

    And people call me a synic hahahahahahahah

  • Kris

    Yeah he puts in crosses that suit the attackers. His crosses are more dynamic. Short strikers need ball to their feet, not to their head when they are being marked by 6 foot 3 defenders. It’s just common sense.

  • Karlp

    and it’s not like our CMs is someone who can dictate the game (Weigl, Kroos) or break the line (Modric, Gundogan). The one that can best dictate the game is Koke and he was played as winger.

  • Kris

    Exactly right. Weigl, Kroos, Modric, Gundogan all know how to make passes because they have better vision. Saul and Gabi just don’t have that kind of vision. Tiago does. But he is 35 and is injury-stricken.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well I hope that the team is able to score in the first minutes of the second half..Otherwise we will get under pressure and risk more, while las palmas looks very dangerous on the break; inshallah in the second half Gaitan will come and proof that he should start every match

  • Sebastian Tataru

    Torressss

  • Kris

    This is fucking embarrassing.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    This is simply not good enough

  • Kris

    Simeone preparing to bring in Thomas because Saul-Koke-Gabi aren’t enough.

  • Kris

    Finally fucking Saul scores. Finally.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Yet some people are still afraid to call him out on his bullshit

  • Kris

    Means Saul is gonna be playing more and more. Gaitan’s chances of starting = over now.

  • Kris

    Beautifully curled in by Saul though. Have to admit.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Saul still has been playing garbage and will get praise because he scored

  • Karlp

    Saul is a really really random player. Every time.

  • Karlp

    I hope this season won’t turn out to be 14/15 dortmund

  • Kris

    Moya is terrible at ball distribution. Savic should take the goal kicks.

  • Kris

    Vrsaljko so good.

  • Karlp

    always

  • Kris

    Koke has been so fucking shite now. Unbelievable.

  • Kris

    Wow. Vrsaljko. I am sold.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Careful, I was persecuted for saying something like that after his goal against Bayern.
    You too Jeronamo.

  • Karlp

    I still believe Koke is a good deep lying playmaker. He is very bad mostly because this position needs him to dribble more, which he sucks.

  • Karlp

    what kind of pass is that gaitan -_- , I’m really rooting for you

  • Kris

    Look at this shit. Thomas out for Griezmann. If you guys expect us to start scoring goals like crazy any time soon, you’re in for a hard time. Simeone is going to continue playing the hard way no matter what.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Actually, some “Cholistas” keep referring to that, like it’s a fucked up kind of excuse, like we have to accept that shit, like we have lost too many key players and couldn’t replace them with others at the same level like what happened to Klopp, when it’s actually the opposite.

  • Karlp

    this is exactly last year’s atleti. I had headache for 90mins eventhough we win.

  • Kris

    Harsh to judge a player like Gaitan for his 10 minutes. Consistent play time is what he needs. 25 million euros should be a starter, not a 10 minute player.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well Gaitan will get his chance tuesday. Hopefully Torres and Roberto Nunez will play together; I like the imagination to have strikers from to generation playing together

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    7 minutes actually, because 10 are still too much for him!!

  • Kris

    I love three points .

  • Karlp

    yes, that’s true. This resembles more and more to Oliver’s treatment. I hope this won’t go that road.

  • Kris

    Billy, hoping to see Vrsaljko getting the MOTM award in post-match article. Everything he tried came off today. He was fantastic and made a real case for why he should start over Juanfran. Excellent performance from him today defensively and offensively.

  • Karlp

    no we shouldn’t accept that. Not with this squad, which I consider the best we ever had.

  • AnonX

    Thank God !
    A Much Needed 3 pts and A CLEAN sheet ,
    Perfect to revitalize to come out Stronger and Sharper after the Break.

    Vamos ATLETI !

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    And now we start rooting for Granada against Real Sociedad, hoping to finish 2016 in 5th place.

  • Kris

    Lo lo lolo. Vamos mi Granada, vamos campeon!!!!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    And he is also too slow.