Matchday LIVE: Athletic vs. Atlético

Follow all the action as Cholo's men look for three points against Los Leones

San Mamés always a difficult ground to visit

San Mamés always a difficult ground to visit

San Mamés is the scene today, with Atlético Madrid set to take on Athletic Bilbao in an attractive La Liga battle between two teams with European aspirations this season.

A tough test is in store for los Colchoneros, although the hosts are without key duo Aritz Aduriz and Beñat due to suspension. Gameiro and Carrasco have been restored to the Atleti line-up by Simeone.

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

Starting XIs

Athletic: Iraizoz; De Marcos, Boveda, Laporte, Balenziaga; San José, Iturraspe, Raúl García, Lekue; Muniain, Williams

Atlético: Moyà; Vrsaljko, Godín, Giménez, Filipe; Gabi, Saúl, Koke, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro



  • iamfaried

    I completely agree with the lineup. These are the exact players required for this match. A solid 442 defensively and a fluent 433 on the attack.

    Prediction:

    2-1 Atléti

  • Zinni DUDU

    I could destroy my fucking computer. Gaitan played so well the last games. What does simeone do? Lets him on the bench and while a player with zero creativity like Saul plays every 90 minute. Fuck Fuck

  • Vagabond Messi

    Where would Gaitan play? Gabi gives stability to defense , And Saul must play at any cost.

  • Vagabond Messi

    1-1 ,That’s what happens when you park a bus for 90minutes.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Gabi and Koke should play in the middle with carrasco and Gaitan out wide. Saul needs to be benched

  • Los Indianos fans ??

    Exactly.. if we attacked them they couldn’t pule pressure on us.

  • Vagabond Messi

    But Muh handosme Saul?

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Fucking done with Simone and athletico! Am gonna support Real Madrid now! Hala Madrid puta Athleti.

  • Kris

    This is the problem I have with going full out defensive after a 1-0 lead. Some times you get lucky and the ball doesn’t end up in the back of your net, other times, like today one error means a goal against us. We also look really fucking clueless in counter-attacks. I feel we need to build up play now instead of just defending.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well alot of people know that I am not biggest fan of gameiro. But today I feel so sorry for him, because he does so many runs into the chanel but he is so isolated…

  • iamfaried

    Wow! That’s a bit extreme, don’t you think?

  • Zinni DUDU

    For me Gameiro made some really good runs, but he is isolated upfrond? How should he score if he does not get his services? He is not the kind of player who can create out of nothing chances

  • Vagabond Messi

    It’s better to play an extra defender instead of Saul, atleast it’ll add something to the team .

  • nandes

    It’s just another unfunny troll

  • iamfaried

    Yeah figured. If an Atleti fan still spells it atHletico I’d disown them myself.

  • Kris

    Yes, he really is isolated up front. He is probably the fastest person on the pitch, so he wins every single loose ball but he can’t do anything when the moment he gets the ball there are 2-3 players against him and nobody chauffeur him.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Forget the fking service , when he’s making run ,Noone else seems to running to play one or twos on counter. Our midfielders and creative players are too busy defendinng in their own box. Chances won’t fall out of nowhere.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Anyone attacking Cholo shut the fuck up!
    He’s reason you all support Atletico now. You were all on Rijkards dick riding the tikitaka fanbus. You only started supporting them to be unique when they started winning and competing you inglorious glory hunters.

    Fuck you all! If you don’t like it go back to supporting united you cunts!

  • Kris

    2-1. Now. Damn. Filipe’s side is fucking poor. We really need to bring back Theo, cause Filipe has been trash for some time now.

  • Joa Andrew

    Not sure if it’s his fault, Godin was pushing up and then when we conceded the ball, they started a counterattack. Godin didn’t come back in time to help with the cross.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Parking the Bus back fired again

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    That goal wasn’t Felipe’s fault

  • Kris

    Yeah Godin has also been making too many forward runs leading to a few goals being conceded this season already. My point still stands though. Filipe hasn’t really been good for some time now and that’s worrying. For Juanfran, we have Vrsja, but nobody for Filipe.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Why would we bring on Torres instead of Correa or Gaitan tho?

  • Kris

    Because he has probably scored some goals like a century ago against Athletic, so that might help today. /s

  • Joa Andrew

    Yeah I understand, sucks that we don’t have a backup for him. I think Torres should be starting or at least be the first sub, we need height advantage against Bilbao.

  • Kris

    And because I’m a faggit who thinks I know more than Cholo.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    That’s it. We should sell godin gabi greezman juanfran filepe and start freash

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I really don’t like seeing us only try to play football when we fall behind

  • Vagabond Messi

    #CholoOut #MourinhoIn or #GuardiolaIn

  • Vagabond Messi

    Torres for Gabi seriously ? We already have a deadwood in Saul ,now add another deadwood, brilliant.

  • Ahmed Musa

    Shut up you blaugrano! Had it with your pessimism!

  • Vagabond Messi

    Look how our defense look like without Gabi , but Naah, take him off and keep Saul there. It would’ve been wise if he Gaitan came in for Saul.

  • Vagabond Messi

    What a Golazo , now get one more goal boys.

  • Karlp

    hail our GOAT!!!

  • Kris

    What a fucking lad. Griezmann.

  • Joa Andrew
  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    My feed stuck. I missed it

  • Vagabond Messi

    Nor urgency after getting equaliser, players arguing with referee, seriously?no effort to keep posession and build attack, just hoof up

  • iamfaried

    Seems as though Torres still has got some left to offer. Great composure for him to create the equalizer. MOTM!

  • iamfaried

    To create the equalizer obviously.

  • iamfaried

    Torres not so much of deadwood now, wouldn’t you say?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Did you see how slow he was on longball?

  • iamfaried

    True but that’s not his role in the team. That’s why we have Grizzi and co. But he offers great experience upfront that our young lads lack.

  • Iamfarted

    Shut up you fag!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    It was a logical question based on form and Griezmann takes all credit for that from where I sit

  • Vagabond Messi

    Right, His role in team is to occupy a place just like Saul.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Two points dropped because of our choice to sit back after the first goal

  • Kris

    I see this as two points lost. This was the perfect match to play our game. The first half, the whole pitch was open for us to play but we decided to defend instead of actually play football. This is fucking poor. At this rate, 4th place will be a miracle.

  • iamfaried

    Torres made the crucial run opening up space for Grizzi that would otherwise wouldn’t have been.

  • Zinni DUDU

    To occupy when comes on after 60 Minutes? You logic is so bad as Messi is small

  • iamfaried

    Haha hilarious!

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Smh u make it sound so planned and strategic but it wasn’t

  • AndersAT

    Totally agree on Filipe. He has not been great for some time now.

  • iamfaried

    Prediction on point!

  • iamfaried

    Predicted a 2-2 draw. Seems fair given Bilbao’s form.

  • AnonX

    Actually ATTACK is the BEST Form of Defense !

    Along with a Solid Backline and A (One) Commanding Def Mid it is Heaven Sent,
    And We Have All That !!

    I Guess What We Do Not currently have is the Important Persons who actually realize this.

    Go FIGURE …..

    I know some of us here do.

  • Ghandi

    Shut up !Mutumbo like you could do any better!

  • Mutumbo

    You didn’t even see the goal. Talkin bout “it was all greezman from where am sitin” stfu

  • Vagabond Messi

    This game could’ve been won , but Simeone is either passive or make radical changes, there was no need to take Off Gabi and Carrasco. Correa and Gaitan should’ve come on in place of Saul and Gamiero. We were wasting time by playing long ball after equaliser, no effort to keep ball and pile up pressure on them, we were lucky to get away with a point.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Dudu don’t get emotional like Saul fanboys, Correa could’ve come on for Gameiro, Gaitan could’ve come on for saul and played on right, we could’ve played both Gaitan and Carrasco ,Correa don’t work as right winger so yeah, he should’ve come on for like to like substitution for Gameiro. It seems you watch match with no idea of formation, do you?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Create equaliser? Wtf you’re talking about troll? That shot was once in a season striker , You giving Credit to Torres for a Once in a season strike of Griezmann? You’re making it as Torres set up a tap in or sonething. You’re a troll, Ahmad was right. Pretending to be a fan.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Lol

  • George

    Really funny how you blame Saul today..We scored 2 goal we should have win..The second goal we conceded was just our defense sleeping..Saul was really good today especially first half..If you are going to blame him every game no matter what noone is going to take you seriously..

  • Alexander Risi

    Estan avergonzados del idioma CASTELLANO ?

  • Los Indianos fans ??

    Mutumbu makambu ?????

  • iamfaried

    Why so salty Fagabond? Everyone is entitled to their opinions just like you and Ahmad, no matter how idiotic they are.