Match preview: Atlético vs. Leganés

Rojiblancos looking to bounce back from cup defeat on Saturday evening

Leganés held Atleti to a 0-0 draw earlier in the season

Leganés held Atleti to a 0-0 draw earlier in the season


After suffering a loss against Barcelona at Vicente Calderon in midweek, Atlético Madrid will receive Leganes on Saturday looking to end their four match winless run.

The visitors, who are 5 points up on the relegation fight, managed a draw in the last meeting, as the rojiblancos accumulated their second consecutive draw against the new kids in town after a stalemate with Alavés.

Kick-of in the Vicente Calderón is set for 18:30 CET.

Pre-match build up has been dominated by the news released on Friday morning that Lucas Hernández and his girlfriend were both arrested for reported domestic violence.

We await further news on Lucas and his situation, but in the meantime Atleti have opted not to release an official squad list for the match after only 15 first team players trained on Friday morning.

With our busy cup run and continuing selection issues, preparation hasn’t been ideal to take on an opponent who held the red and whites to a surprise 0-0 draw back in August, after Cholo’s men had already drawn with fellow newly promoted side Alavés the previous week.

The negative of the results against weak teams arose doubts from star player, Antoine Griezmann, who said after the match at Butarque: “If don’t improve we must likely be in the relegation fight”.

Atleti improved by collecting 8 straight victories and 1 draw against Barcelona in the following weeks. After losing the Sevilla game in the Sánchez Pizjuán, there was then debate as to whether Koke should play in the middle or on the left.

“Koke is playing good in the middle, but we are more fragile at the back”, were Gabi’s comments. Since then Koke has played on the left, middle and right of midfield.

Koke will most likely play in the middle considering that he has been starting there in matches that Simeone has needed more attacking power. Gabi is coming back from one game suspension for accumulating 5 yellow cards and will most likely partner him.

With the Copa del Rey return leg against Barcelona coming up on Tuesday night, Cholo may make some changes to combat fatigue although is very limited in his options mainly due to injuries.

Winning is the only option for Atleti after their lacklustre stalemate with Alavés last weekend, as they look to keep pace with the teams around them in the race for the top 3.


  • STALKER

    I hope Lucas plays. He is a really good CB.

  • STALKER

    They should start with;

    Griezmann-Gameiro
    Carrasco-Gabi-Koke-Gaitan
    Filipe-Lucas-Godin-Vrsaljko
    Moya

  • Simeone should field:

    Moya – Vrsa Savic Godin Filipe – Correa Koke Gabi Gaitan – Grizzi Torres

    But will most likely field:

    Moya – Juanfran Savic Godin Filipe – Saul Koke Gabi Gaitan – Grizzi Gameiro

  • Koke

    I agree, he’s a world class defender in the making. Maybe even future captain material. From what I’ve seen of him against Barca and other teams, he’s an adequate replacement for Godin and Savic even at their best, and now that they aren’t playing so well Lucas deserves more minutes to prove his worth.

  • Aqil Azhan

    Yeah I would like to see him play with theo in the future too.

  • Hannu

    No Carrasco?

  • Hannu

    Gimenez and Lucas could be better than Godin and Savic.

  • STALKER

    Then he hasn’t learned his lesson.

  • Vagabond Messi

    If saul start this weekend then Simeone should leave. There’s no need for 3 Cms , and plaging Saul is as good as playing with 10Man.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Lucas has been arrested for assault on his gf. good luck playing him.

  • STALKER

    Last season Saul scored 9 goals and assisted 4. This season he has scored 4 and assisted 2 so far. He has done something atleast.

  • Hannu

    Same but with either Torres or Correa in place of Gameiro..

  • Los Indianos fans ??

    Arda Turan has scored as many goals and assist as him at Barça, but Lucho realizes that he doesn’t bring any big impact that his team need.

  • Torres

    Torres should score and sut the mouth of haters…

  • Vagabond Messi

    He plays as midfielder and he can’t do anything that a nidfielder is supposed to do. He can’t defend, can’t create , can’t distribute, can’t tackle. Didn’t you see how our midfield dominated once Saul was subbed against Barcelona?

  • STALKER

    I did see it. I just stated some trivial facts. He should be sold to Ligue 1 or EPL after the transfer ban.

  • STALKER

    Thomas still has 1 national team game left. Do you think that he will make it to the 2nd leg?

  • Vagabond Messi

    No need to play 3 Cms against Leganes of all people. 2Cm ,Gabi and Koke should be enough. Saul can play midweek against Barca since Gabi is facing suspension.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Hpw will Saul play if both Carrasco and Gaitan start in same line up?

  • Hannu

    What is wrong with this man? Carrasco and Vrsaljko on the bench? Your beloved Saul starts. 😉

  • Vagabond Messi

    Atleti’s first 11 is incomplete without Saul.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I hope Man united buys out Saul’s release clause. We’ll be lucky to get 60-70m from his sale.

  • Vagabond Messi

    1-0 .i hope We don’t park the bus now.

  • STALKER

    Griezmann is not in good shape either. He has missed all of 3 penalties this season. What is going on with him?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Not sure if you’re serious. griezmann has been on fire over last few weeks. He has been playing deep. Penalty has never been his main strength. Another attempt at trolling and i’ll have to ignore you.

  • STALKER

    He shouldn’t take penalties from now on then.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I never wanted him to take penalty. Gabi should take it.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Torres and Gabi so far our best players like against Barcelona. And I do not know what Saul did to Simeone, maybe he is his lost son or something like that, but how can he play every single game? This game would ideal to play also Correa with Fernando, Griezmann and Gaitan to give us more penetration in tight spaces. And please Griezmann should not be our first choice penalty taker there are fare better takers in our side like Torres, Gameiro or Gabi. He is missing to many important penaltys.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Man Saul will play every game we should deal with that. Simeone loves him and offers nothing. He is not able to play one through ball to our strikers. We lack of penetration on the right sight, because Saul offers nothing

  • Vagabond Messi

    You won’t believe but Saul has got huge hype amoung epl fans , they only watched his goal against Bayern lol. Don’t be surprised if Man united bids 60m for him. We would be laughing oyr ass off if it happens lol.

  • Karlp

    typical Torres’ goal

  • STALKER

    Hattrick coming!

  • Vagabond Messi

    Some Argue that Saul needs development, but does he need to play every single match for his development ? Not even MSN play every single minute of every single match. I think Simeone consider him as important to MSN. As far as Correa ,Thomas and other youngsters are concerned Simeone is taking care of their development by not playing him or giving them once in a while substitute role.

  • Mitch

    Torres, Torres, Torres!

  • Vagabond Messi

    Ever since people have started criticising Saul many of his fanboys have left this site. We won’t criticise him. His fanboys should come and post again on this great site.

  • STALKER

    Thomas was used as a right winger (4-3-3) against Cameroon.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Look Correa comes in and provides directly the assist. Everybody asks why our strikers are not scoring while Saul is one the bitch and does nothing

  • Vagabond Messi

    I bet Simeone would’ve benched Messi too if he happened to play under him while he was developing.

  • George

    90% percent of your comments are about Saul..if people want to discuss with you they’ll have to mention him…I don’t know about fanboys but you are definitely a hater…I think that Saul shouldn’t start today and I agree that he shouldn’t start all the time..but he is a great talent I don’t think we should sell him..

  • Vagabond Messi

    We want him to perform, team is suffering because he brings down whole midfield. I’m not sure about how great of a talent Saul is. I’m not a hater if i see my team suffering because a player gets every fucking minute. But you’re a fangirl if you think a player is above the team. Keep your personal feeling for him aside and think of team first. I’m not the only one who sees him doing nothing. May be you should take your rose tinted glass off?

  • Vagabond Messi

    Great win. We played really well in second half. It’s criminal to see Correa not getting more minutes.

  • Hannu

    Ok then Gameiro is ready to shipped to China.

  • Chewie

    I’m glad we have two world-class goalkeepers. Although Oblak is phenomenal, Moya is a perfect second choice: calm, smart and utterly reliable.

    The game was quite dry and well-controlled, with some decent efforts and glimpses of the vintage Atleti (pressing, counters), but no real attitude like we saw in the second half of the Barcelona game.

    I also can’t not mention Fernando Torres, our second-choice 32-year old rather clumsy striker who nevertheless has that pedigree of top players that allows him to create (and realize) scoring opportunities almost from nothing. Gameiro compared to him looks like a silly EPL-style forward with good technique and work ethic, but nothing more.

    And yes, we need to see Gaitan and Correa more often. Gaitan is a clever player who adds a lot to the game, but Correa is something special.

  • Zinni DUDU

    Torres has a really fine technique asewell; look how he won the penalty. I think it does not really matter if he is 32 or not, because he really looks fit and dynamic for his 32 years.

  • George

    It can’t always be Saul the problem..Believe it or not sometimes we suck even when he is on the bench..Like against Las Palmas(LAST MINUTES)..If you believe we should play with 2 CM or Gaitan should be a starter I’m ok with it..But when you just spam ”Saul is trash” 24/7 you are a hater”..

  • AndersAT

    Basically, I think the usual people post just as much as they used to. You just post 10-15 similar posts about how much you don’t want Saul to play for each article, so it seems like other people don’t post as much.

    With regards to Saul I guess we have all aired our opinion, so you are the only one interested in continuing to discuss him.

  • STALKER

    Atleti has no Marco Verratti or Edinson Cavani. 😉

  • STALKER

    If they did, oh boy. Goals every minute.

  • AnonX

    I’ve been here quite a while and I agree that though we detest seeing him starting almost every time match in match out it was never his decision that made it in the first place. Rather it has always been the Manager’s. Saul is a precious Home grown soldier with tremendous love and potential for the Club. I agree that he’s better to stay but not to start. But with Simeone we have to hope for things to turn up better even with this.
    If anybody is to take the blame is the Manager. but tonight I see more bite to our game that was no where to be seen previously.

    Let this trend Continue…

    Aupa ATLETI !!

  • Vagabond Messi

    Well , if it’s match day and on matchday we’ll discuss about Players and performance. Saul starts every single match so it’s normal to get mentioned, especially when he plays like sht still gets start in every single match. You like him fine, but don’t get mad when he gets called for his sht performance week in week out. Others players also need playing time.

  • Vagabond Messi

    If you read my other posts, i have mentioned other problems besides Saul that’s responsible for weak performances. But yeah Compact midfield was alsways strength , when Saul Plays it creates a hole and opposition cut it like knife. I’m still asking Saul fanboys at what trait of CM he is good at? I’m sorry if your personal feelings for him got hurt. But Team is bigger than a single player. I’ve also called out Carrasco for throwing tantrum and his selfish plays that result in useless shot.

  • STALKER

    Do you think that Simeone is reading all of your comments? You’re in despair. There’s nothing you can do about it. XD

  • Vagabond Messi

    Do you realose i’m not Ahmad Hossien , so please come back when he’s here. Keep your political fight on twitter. Don’t spoil this great sport site with your trolling.

  • STALKER

    You can’t change Atleti. I’m out.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Cavani miss sitters. He needs 10chances to score one. A team like our will not do good with him.

  • AndersAT

    I don’t get mad about your opinion on Saul… you can think and write whatever you like about him.

    I just try to explain why you don’t get any responses from the guys who use to write posts.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I never said i wanted response from them. I just said they can come here and post. Moreover, most of good analysts on this site like Ahamd, Kris ,Koke have been his critique. You’re making it sound as i’m the only one who sees him not performing. Don’t discuss the topic and try to slander the charecter of messanger. Yeah? It’s failed tactics my friend. Moreover. I was not in mood to criticise him today and also invited his fanboys to comment here. But here i’m .

  • AndersAT

    We all see him not performing (I have no idea why you think I try to make you out as the only one not being happy about his performance). But I guess not to many people other than you wants to discuss it over and over again. That is my only point.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Did you see me discussing about him today? i ignored when Dudu mentioned Saul in one of his reply. Believe it or not , i was honest in my attempt to bring back posters who might have left because of over criticism of Saul. Moreover i’ve always have been fair in his criticism. I even said that it’ll be better if Saul just play 1 match a week rather than 2 so he can be fresh. May be i took it too far and i realised it was time to call it off and requested Saul fans to come back. Anyway, we got 3 points and i hope we keep it up and finish top 4 easily.

  • atleti10

    They’ve stop posting because you idiots have turned the comments section into youtube esc comment wars.