Match Preview: Atlético vs. Sporting de Gijon

Rojiblancos looking to build on fantastic comeback against Celta

Last training session before going to Gijon

Last training session before going to Gijon

This Saturday, Atlético de Madrid will face Sporting de Gijon in El Molinón, keeping their hopes high after last week’s exciting and tense fixture against Celta de Vigo in the Vicente Calderón.

Kick-off is set for 13:00 CET.

If the Rojiblancos win, they will be an inch closer to third place. Although, we have to take into account that Sevilla plays the same day against Eibar: if Sevilla loses, we will be one point off third.

Last match, Torres gifted us with an unbelievable and beautiful goal. We are hoping he will stay in form and score at the Molinón. Also, Atleti fans throughout the globe are hoping Griezmann will have a stellar 90 minutes and recover his ‘griezzy’ magic, since he scored just at the 88th minute.

As far as our past matches with Sporting go, last September, the Rojiblancos crushed them 5-0 at the Calderón, with both Griezmann and Torres snatching ‘dobletes’ and Gameiro scoring the other.

However, Atleti will face Sporting with some concerns on the defensive end of the team. Simeone and numerous fans were disappointed at the poor defense shown against Celta and hope the team will be more concentrated against the Gijoneses. Oblak has begun training with the team after a lengthy injury, but Moyá will likely start this Saturday.

Sporting are currently flirting with relegation and have to win in order keep their LaLiga hopes alive. Last weekend, they beat Leganés, but are still in a tough spot after having lost three of their last five matches.

Cholo praised his team’s effort after beating Celta and is hopeful for the same attitude against Sporting. “We have found again what makes us feel best in the field” were his words in today’s press conference.

Three points will always be essential for the team’s success.

The Squad list for this Saturday is as following:

Goalkeepers: Moyá, Moreira

Defenders: Filipe, Savić, Vrsaljko, Lucas, Giménez

Midfielders: Koke, Saúl, Carrasco, Gabi, Thomas, Gaitán, Caio

Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Gameiro.


  • Italian Way

    This 3-4-3 line up will provide equally balanced defence and offence.

    Carrasco-Torres-Griezmann
    Filipe-Koke-Caio-Vrsaljko
    Savić-Giménez-Lucas
    Moyá

  • Zinni DUDU

    According to several newspapers we are going to play with Correa, Torres, Griezmann and Carrasco as our offensive players, which makes me really happy, because Saul needs really some days rest. Hopefully Torres, Griezmann and Carrasco will keep their great form, because we need them away in germany really. To beat german teams away is never going to be easy.
    I also read that the team was practising penaltys today, where Gameiro and Saul failed and Griezmann and Torres scored. So I think our penalty takers will still be Torres and Griezmann hopefully with more luck.

    But can somebody tell me why Leverkusen is able to play today and we we are going to play tomorrow? For me that is really unfair, that they get as a HOME-TEAM one day more to rest their players…

  • Mitch
  • Zinni DUDU

    Will be more like:
    Moya, Vrsaljko, Savic, Lucas, Filipe; Carrasco, Koke, Gabi, Correa; Torres and Griezmann. Gaitan and Saul have not trained regularly this week.

  • Italian Way

    Only weak teams use 4-4-2. 3-4-3 is ideal against weaker teams, and 3-5-1-1 against stronger teams.

  • Zinni DUDU

    You are really big fan of conte, aren´t you?

  • Italian Way

    I love him, he’s great.

  • Italian Way

    I wonder why Simeone used 4-3-3 instead of 3-4-3 and 3-5-1-1 earlier this season.

  • Khan

    I would like to watch Thomas starting today in place of Saul or Gabi in favour of his recent contract extension. Don’t understand why he is not used. We need box to box midfielder with good pace during counter attack and tough physical abilities during defensive mode. And Thomas will be providing it with ease if given a starting role.I feel he can be a important player in Atletico future just like Koke and Correa. He can be pivotal and provide more dynamic game like Kante did in Leicester and now in Chelsea.

  • Italian Way

    Fresh Line Up;

    Carrasco-Correa-Griezmann
    Filipe-Caio-Thomas-Vrsaljko
    Savić-Giménez-Lucas
    Moreira

    It won’t happen though.

  • Vagabond Messi

    You’re right about German teams, also it’s good to have our players rested properly. Leverkusen are a pressing machine, we need our players rested. I’d also rest Koke ,and keep him on bench for thomas. he can come on if Thomas is not doing well. Well, that’s not unfair because Uefa don’t fix their league matches , their country’s FA does. But yes, an extra day of rest means a lot especially when a team like Leverkusen is dependent on heavy pressing.

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Someone said it before but let me echo them, I really don’t like the fact that media outlets know our starting lineup from the day in front.

  • Khan

    Really excited about the squad selection. Very attack minded formation with all the four best in-form attacking players. Expecting atleast 3 goals.
    But with this formation and without Godin at the back, that means both Savic and Lucas are provided big responsibility (specially Lucas) and that means Simeone has enormous amount of TRUST on his young players unlike other managers. That’s very good for Atletico future unless not any of the young players are sold and let’s not go there. Hope players like Thomas and Ciao are given some minutes on field to boost their confidence.
    Go Atletico!

  • Aqil Azhan

    Wow gameiro i knew he had something special coming from him

  • Aqil Azhan

    Hatrick wow

  • Mitch

    What a morning:-)!

    – My alarm clock didn’t go off at 4.00 am
    – Got up at 4.55 am just before the 2nd half started
    – Carrasco got our 1st goal
    – Few minutes later 1-1
    – 80+ minutes, Gameiro 1-2. 1-3

    Wow….glad I got up early!

  • Aqil Azhan

    1-4!

  • Mitch

    Holly molly another one for Gameiro 1-4!

    Its a great day to start off my day!

  • Squinty63

    Damn and i had been wondering why he hadnt put in partey for a sec there. We needed additional someone who can’t be pushed around

  • AndersAT

    Did anybody notice that it was the 4 CM line-up that gave us the win 😉

    I must say (again) that I don’t like Correa as a wing. I think he is a good forward, but he is not very effective as a winger. I would much rather see 3 CMs then (preferably Thomas since Saul is not at his best).

  • Italian Way

    Griezmann has scored 17 goals, and assisted 11 so far this season. His assists are improving. Last season he had 9 in total.

  • Italian Way

    Thomas is a defensive midfielder. Damn, you’re ignorant.

  • Mitch

    Should start Gameiro and Thomas against Bayer Leverkusen next week.

  • AndersAT

    Wow you can write something other than ridiculous line-ups.

    Thomas is a CM and no matter what you would like to call him I would rather have him and Gabi and Koke as a 3 man midfield, than Carrasco, Gabi, Koke and Correa as a 4 man midfield.

  • Italian Way

    Cholo will never use 4-3-3 again since it failed.

  • Khan

    Obviously! (With these type of performance, selection should cause a big headache for Simeone).
    Pace of Gameiro and dynamic Thomas could be frustrating for Bayer Leverkusen.

  • Khan

    Sshhh… There are already enough transfer speculation surrounding him!

  • AndersAT

    It seems like you don’t watch the games. We play with 3 CMs all the time. Koke a bit to the right side but way more defensive than Carrasco on the left who is more of a forward when we play like that.

  • Italian Way

    We never start with 4-3-3.

  • Khan

    Yes. I too agree with the point on Saul.
    Didn’t understand that substitution nor was he in any noticeable action.
    But I disagree with your opinion on Correa.
    See in first half of season, Correa was used more as a striker. But he had (only) good finishing skills(goal poacher). But from the time Simeone used him in right wing he has developed good pace and with more time on right wing he could also develop some dribbling skills.
    This will only help him to develop into a more complete finisher and can become a lethal striker in coming years if he keeps developing and improving himself.
    If you are still unsure, let me remind you that for previous years when Tiago and Gabi were mastering the Atleti midfield, the then young Koke was deployed in right wing. Now no one needs to say the importance of Koke to our team.
    Bit too long…..

  • Aqil Azhan

    Correa is

  • Vagabond Messi

    Correa always had pace and dribbling and is better winger in 443 than 442, i agree with Andres, he’s better as second striker than a winger in 442.

  • Vagabond Messi

    You’re feeding a troll my friend, he’s some chelsea fan.

  • AndersAT

    I know, I just can’t help myself.

  • AndersAT

    Well Koke is a natural midfielder, and was way more efficient on the right side (a pretty natural position for him) than Correa is. I think the right way to develop Correa as a forward is to play him as a forward.

  • George

    I’ve told that before but I never believed that the probem was the number of CMs…I think the problem is the 4-4-2 formation..Today we were either defending deep or attacking very deep in to the opposition..It seems we can’t keep the ball and build up attacks..It’s like we do nothing in the center of the pitch other than win or lose some headers..Correa is a striker and shouldn’t play in the band..Today Griezzman should have played on the wing and Correa as Striker..Carrasco and Gaitan play in the same spot but they have completely different attributes..Gaitan is a winger and a playmaker,and Carrasco is a winger and a striker..so when we have only 2 CM on the pitch Gaitan should play to help them build attacks..Sporting pressed high today and we couldn’t keep the ball so we had to stay deep to defend..Having attacking minded players on the pitch and make them defend all the time doesn’t make sense(Correa,Carrasco) and that’s why it doesn’t matter how namy Correas are on the pitch…We should first learn to keep possession atleast against Gijon and then discuss about how many wingers,strikes,CM should start..

  • Khan

    Once again 3 goals in last 10 minutes!(last match it was 2). Now finally I feel like Atleti players are playing to their full potential. Hope they continue this forever. Would like to conclude some points :
    -Amazing cameo there from Gameiro. Thanks for double assists from Griezmann.
    -They both are proving to be a match made in heaven.
    -But that doesn’t mean Torres played poor. Twice he was ruled Offside and both of them were close calls. He could have scored even both of them since both were one on one. Just bad luck.
    -Correa finding big improvement in his pace on right wing.
    -Another Carrasco goal. Should be Booster for his tireless running.
    -Really and badly missed long passes from deep midfield.
    -But have to appreciate the central defenders in spite of that lone goal. Because neither of them are first choice defenders.
    -Finally Thomas gets green signal. Made a vital interception for third goal. Expecting more minutes for him. And Saul should be given some time off to find his form. Simeone shouldn’t use him in crucial upcoming matches.

    Should play with same intense and tempo in upcoming Champions League matches and more importantly against Barcelona.

  • Italian Way

    I don’t like London.

  • Italian Way

    12 assists then. That’s awesome.

  • Rowly

    Gameiro needs to start up front with Griezmann, they link up so well together and Gameiro has pace.
    I went last week against Celta Vigo and we started with Gabi, Saul, Koke & Torres making up 4 of the 6 attacking positions. We had little pace, cutting edge or attacking threat. As soon as Gameiro & Correa came on we had so much more about us.
    In some games we’ll need Koke on the right but I’d like the 2 in CM to be chosen from Gabi, Koke, Saul or Thomas with 4 from Griezmann, Gameiro, Carrasco, Gaitan or Correa taking the wide & forward roles. Torres as a sub.

  • Khan

    But the situation demands Correa to be in wing, because Griezmann can comfortably change positions between striker and second striker. Moreover Griezmann is better as a second striker behind Torres or Kevin. Also If you see, Correa is always free to roam in opposition box as Vrsaljko is playing good in attacking half of right wing.
    Simeone is providing him minutes even though if it’s not his favorable position and that’s actually helping him a lot.

  • Khan

    U r right, but there is already Griezmann, Torres and Gameiro as first choice striker.
    If Simeone uses Correa only as a striker then most of the time he will be a unused substitute and that can ruin his career.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I think both can share game time depending on the performances. If on has bad form, another can start and vice versa.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Thomas try to give forward pass and have a thing for play making that Saul lacks.

  • Vagabond Messi

    We put his release clause too low man.

  • AndersAT

    That is a very valid point. He can be utilised as a third striker when we are playing with 3 CMs, but both Carrasco and Gaitan can play that as well.

    I just think that when we are struggling we have to play with the most effective line-up and I don’t think Correa on the right wing is the most effective.

  • Italian Way

    17 goals, 12 assists 2016-17 (Including national team).