Atlético Madrid returned to winning ways on Saturday evening with a 2-0 win over neighbours Leganés, with two goals from Fernando Torres enough for all three points.
The red and whites had not won in four coming into the match, but can take confidence from the victory ahead of Tuesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg away at Barcelona.
Torres was the star man as he justified Simeone’s decision to start him on the day. His goals are what claimed all three points in front of a home crowd for Atleti on a rainy evening in Madrid..
El Niño himself won the penalty that led to the first goal, he was running towards to goal where he was fouled leaving the referee no choice but to give Atleti a penalty.
Griezmann stepped up only to be denied by goalkeeper Iago Herrerin, but Torres pounced on the rebound and shot it home to give the home side the advantage.
As what starting to become a norm this season, Atleti had a lot of the ball but the final ball was very lacking. Nevertheless the team came out in the beginning pressurising Leganés with wave after wave of attacks.
As the first half went on Leganés grew into the game, but the rojiblanco defence shut down many attempts to leave the visitors with a couple long shots that earned them a couple of corners.
Savic and Erik were lone yellow cards from their respective teams. Gaitán also continued his overall impressive start to 2017 by finally starting to look like the player we hoped he would become.
Second half started with Saúl being subbed off, perhaps as he is one yellow card away from suspension, being replaced by the more attacking Correa took to the field.
It seemed like Simeone wanted to put the game away and rest some players for Tuesday. The second half continued with the same pace as the first half as Gabi got fouled outside box.
Koke took the free-kick and sent it wide but it was nice to see Atleti not sitting back and continuing to put on some pressure.
Shortly after Torres gets his second goal of the match and fourth in La Liga (5 in all competitions) with Correa once again showcasing why he is a super sub.
Correa always making things happen he on the field, and if he can get his shooting boots on, he will be a great addition for the future.
Not long after, Gaitán was taken off in place of Carrasco, who continued the offensive pressure on Leganés. In search of a goal, the visitors came at Atleti and started to gain some clean shots on goal but Moyá, with some luck, was there to answer and make the saves.
The final thirty minutes saw Atleti sit back a lot and make some nervy clearances but luckily for us Moyá was alert on a few occasions, showcasing again that he is capable in Oblak’s absence.
Vrsaljko was the final sub, coming on to shore up the defensive in place of Griezmann, who was applauded for his effort by the crowd despite the penalty miss. Meanwhile the experiment of Juanfran as winger continued as Vrsaljko took his place at right-back.
Once they scored their two goals didn’t forced their way much into the goal of Leganés, perhaps trying to conserve their energy for important away game at the Camp Nou.
However, Carrasco and Correa both came close late on and the team still looked to find the hat-trick goal for Fernando Torres, but with no luck.
Player ratings: Moyá 7, Juanfran 6, Godín 6, Savic 6, Filipe 7, Gabi 7, Koke 7, Saúl 6, Gaitán 6, Griezmann 6, Torres 8 (MOTM). Subs: Correa 7, Carrasco 6, Vrsaljko 6.