Matchday LIVE: Atlético vs. Betis

Follow all the action as the rojiblancos look for three points at the Calderón

Winning the only option for Atleti tonight

Winning the only option for Atleti tonight

It’s back to La Liga for Atlético Madrid this evening, Real Betis the opponents in a game that Diego Simeone knows he must win to keep the pressure the top three.

The Argentine boss has shuffled his pack for the clash, giving starts to Fernando Torres and Nico Gaitán as Betis prepare a homage for their last ever visit to the Vicente Calderón.

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

Starting XIs

Atlético: Moyà; Vrsaljko, Godín, Savic, Filipe; Gabi, Saúl, Koke, Gaitán; Griezmann, Torres

Betis: Adán; Piccini, Pezzella, Donk, Juan Carlos; Durmisi, Brasanac, Ceballos, Martín; Alegría, Castro



  • iamfaried

    Not a bad lineup. Excited to see what Gaitan can offer. Torres’ inclusion means Grizzi will have the freedom to roam upfront.

    I predict a tough 2-0 win. Torres and Saul to get on the scoresheet.

  • Ahmad Musa

    The only thing I dislike with this line up is Torres he is not playing well. I see Carassco taking his spot in second half.
    3-0 my prediction with G&G&G on target.

  • thericeking

    godin?

  • Karlp

    vamos atleti

  • Kris

    Day of the children and Day of the elderly? Beautiful.

  • Gol

    French national team style XD

  • Vagabond Messi

    Hope , Carrasco is fit again and get some minutes in second half.

  • Karlp

    gaitannnnn…………

  • atleti10

    Best football we’ve played this season.

    Aupa Atleti!!!

  • Ahmad Musa

    My G on target remain the other G&G

  • thericeking

    godin? 🙂

  • Gol

    90min header XD

  • Kris

    Savic stays fucking up under pressure.

  • Ahmad Musa

    No Griezmann and Gamiero

  • Ahmad Musa

    Yea

  • Vagabond Messi

    I think Lucas Should play with Godin, he has great composure aswell as toughness that Savic Lacks.

  • Karlp

    this betis team isn’t good both defending and attacking. Would be a let down if atleti don’t win

  • Gol

    Atletico Madrid plays way too defensive. They need more players upfront. They should go with 4-2-1-3.

  • Kris

    Gaitan adds unpredictability to our attack that has been lacking for a long time since Arda left. Carrasco is good, but his play is pretty predictable in that he’s going to run with the ball, or do some crazy tricks to get past his man but the pass or play after him beating his man is always predictable. Gaitan is doing good but Filipe has been playing very much below his standards. Vrsaljko doing some good things on the right, but he needs someone who can support him better than Saul. Torres hasn’t been very good in attack. He doesn’t offer himself very well or hold the ball up very well. And what the fuck is up with the defense? Players running past the defense like we are just cones in the penalty area. If playing 3 DMs doesn’t help the defense, then I don’t know what will.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Difference between Gaitan and Carrasco is Gaitan playmaking when he has ball in final third while Carrasco seems clueless when final third doesn’t have space to run. I won’t mind Trying Carrasco as second striker in 442 , that will allow Gaitan to play as left winger , his most favoured position. Why not play Carrasco with Griezmann upfront with Gaitan, Koke,Saul,Gabi and Koke behind ? I Think Carrasco can be mould in to a striker, and a good one.

  • thericeking

    agreed. koke will look for space and width, carrasco will run, gabi will tackle well and pass less well, saul i dont know really he will do things but nothing great.. if gamiero can start finding the net more when he’s given the chance, vrjsalko can get more minutes and our defense can get its shit together. then the future is bright..

    but only with gaitan

  • Karlp

    damn, I really thought Gaitan is moved to the right to make room for Carrasco in the left. Now we’re stuck again with 3 CMs that can’t dribble.

  • Kris

    Good decision to take out Gaitan at the hour mark. I don’t think he’s fit enough to play full 90 yet.

  • thericeking

    good from moya

  • nandes

    Torres and Griezmann have been more noticeable in defence than attack, we slowed the pace too much after the goal

  • Vagabond Messi

    Need one more goal to finish it off.

  • thericeking

    a win.

    but we still struggle to go through the front or around the sides. with a comparatively weak opponent.

    im happy and skeptically optimistic

  • thericeking

    also we didnt win yet. now im nervous

  • Los Indianos fans ??

    Saul & Koke are really not at their performance.
    Main problem is, Simeone don’t trust anyone else

  • Los Indianos fans ??

    Great idea ! I think both players on the pitch would help us alot

  • Kris

    Meh, Saul and Koke have been shit.

  • Karlp

    back to sitting deep after just about minute 20. At least we win.

  • Kris

    Can’t believe we have to struggle against fucking Betis at the Calderon.

  • Kris

    Saul and Koke are overrated as fuck.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I also think Carrasco can be utilised better as second forward than a winger, he lacks good croos and intelligence in final third , but his runs and shots can be utilised as forward.moreover , Torres doesn’t offer much.

  • Gol

    I really doubt that this team will make it to the quarterfinal in the champions league.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Saul? Yes? koke ? not really, you can’t expect Koke to do both defesive duty and run the midfield like Simeone ask, to me Saul is not even a CM period, he has no attributes of a CM.

  • Kris

    Man how long has it been since those two players performed consistently? They put one or two great matches and then are gone for 5 or 6 matches. It’s so frustrating.

  • Kris

    Don’t doubt it man. We are still able to scrape 1-0 wins in the CL.

  • Zinni DUDU

    I agree and disagree. They both are really not inform. But could you tell me a alternative to Koke? I do not know who should take his position to create chances..Maybe Correa could be option behind our strikers to create chances, because he is the only player who is playing direct fast balls

  • Karlp

    I like Villarreal but I really need them to lose. We need to lock that CL spot asap, so simeone will start to play decent attacking (for his standard) football again.

  • Zinni DUDU

    I really doubt aswell. Leverkusen is team which plays – as we do – for the second balls and fight for every ball. It will be a real tough duell. I would even say that teams like barca, bayern or arsenal would be easier to play

  • Kris

    How about anybody else but him? You gotta show him that he’s not unbenchable and maybe he will start performing again at the level he’s capable of. He keeps playing him every game thus fueling his complacency and that’s detrimental to the team.

  • Karlp

    Koke is decent actually in this game. He’s the one that move the ball around. At least until simeone decided to park the bus (around minute 20).

  • Zinni DUDU

    As I said I dont disagree with your criticsm for his performances but he is one of cholos “untouchables”. I once read an article in spanish news papers that the only players cholo do not want to sell are Godin and Koke.

  • Zinni DUDU

    I had the feeling that we were parking the bus after 15 minutes. I mean Torres and Griezmann were more involved in the defense than in our attack play which was not there

  • Kris

    And that is exactly the problem. Merit or trust?

  • Karlp

    probably. I got distracted since we parked it for a long long time.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Ladies and Gentleman I am sure that our lineup against Bilbao will include Gimenez as middlefielder; with only two strikers in the build up

  • Karlp

    I really want to give Saul more chance in CM, but till now he doesn’t look comfortable when given space and time. Not a good sign for CM.

  • Zinni DUDU

    For exactly 10 Minutes, than “Buiesness as usual”: Park the fucking bus and pray to god that a 14 placed team will not score aginst us at home. Amen.

  • Vagabond Messi

    People here ask too much of Koke while he’s amoung all time la liga Assist leaders at this age , he has vision , can do defensive work, tick the ball around , but Saul doesn’t compliment him , Koke needs someone more creative around him to connect to strikers in this 442. Another way to fix is by playing 433, but again this didn’t work because Saul is not a CM , can’t defend or create, this exposed our defense badly. I’d like to see 433 with Augusto instead of Saul , or even Oliver if Cholo gives him a chances.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well the funny thing was that we scored only because of the bad defense of Betis. Would interesting to think what would have hapened if this siuation would not happened?

  • Zinni DUDU

    Man I agree so much with that we should have build a middlefield with gabi koke and oliver. But the chance is gone because simeone dont want him ….

  • Vagabond Messi

    Park the bus but atleast evolve a game plan that involves fast counters , even Villareal put us to shane when it comes to fast fluid counter football

  • Zinni DUDU

    There are to typed of park the bus:

    1. Stay deep and play with two or three touches the ball in to the attack.
    2. Chelsea-Style against Bayern Munich. Sit your ass deep in defense and hope for mistake to score. Cholo practicses more the second style

  • Karlp

    Exactly, even when we park the bus, Koke’s passes actually mostly are good passes.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Parking the bus is useless if you don’t have counters, and that Chelsea side of 2012 had great counter attacking strategy , they scored two goals on counter at camp nou, sit back, park bus or plane , but no parking is useless if you plan to not release pressure on counter and let opponet attack you without them having any fear of counter, our first half in second leg against Bayern showed parking bus with no counter is useless, in second half we had vent in Carrasco thus didn’t allow BM to send all10 players near our box.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Look at Madrid , one pure destroyer CB, 2 run the posession and do x ray scan of pitch from middle to width .on the other hand we have 3 or 4 CM asked to do defensive work most of the time.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Same here man, i love Villareal but now our position as top 4 is in danger , i’d like them to lose , all the best to them against Madrid and Barca though.

  • Karlp

    I blame Juanfran for some of it though. If we didn’t concede 3 goals last time, I don’t think we will be this defensive.

    I think this lineup actually can play much more fluid though (Yes, even with 3 CMs playing together). The problem is we sit very very deep and didn’t try to build the attack better when we had the ball.