La Liga: Atlético 3 – 0 Valencia

Griezmann at the double as rojiblancos sink Los Che at the Calderón

Club Atletico de Madrid v Valencia CF - La Liga

Antoine Griezmann scored twice on the afternoon of his 100th Atlético appearance to earn a deserved 3-0 win over Valencia on Sunday.

Kevin Gameiro was also on target in a dominant performance from Cholo’s men, who move back up to fourth place above Real Sociedad with the three points.

Before the match, fans unfurled a banner in support of Fernando Torres after his horrific head injury in Thursday’s draw with Deportivo. El Niño was in attendance and his name sung on various occasions throughout the match.

The opening goal within the first ten minutes when Griezmann latched onto Koke’s through pass, finishing confidently to put the home side ahead.

Atleti had started strongly and looked dangerous every time they came forward, with Griezmann, Gameiro and Carrasco all heavily involved on the counter.

Griezmann came close again from long range, and up at the other end Simone Zaza had the visitors’ only real chance of the match when he headed a free-kick wide.

Shortly after the break, Kevin Gameiro scored the second for the red and whites with a shot that beat Diego Alves in the Valencia goal via the aid of a deflection.

It was a goal that the Frenchman deserved for his hard work and endeavour up front, and he was shown appreciation by the fans with a standing ovation after being subbed in the second half.

Compatriot Antoine Griezmann spurned a golden chance to find his second and Atleti’s third when Alves denied him brilliantly with a one-on-one save, but with less than ten minutes on the clock he made no mistake.

This time, the ball broke kindly for the 25 year-old after substitute Nico Gaitán’s pass was helped on by Thomas, and in nipped Griezmann to finish with his right foot for goal number twenty of the season.

It wasn’t a result that flattered Atleti, who were in control from start to finish and fully deserved the win. The rojiblancos still have an uphill task if they are to break back into the top 3, but will be encouraged by today’s performance.

Next up is a trip to face Granada next Saturday evening, before the Champions return leg against Bayer Leverkusen the following Wednesday.

  • Alexander Jaehyuk Choi

    We need to beat Granada and that is a must.

  • DG86

    Griezmann’s first goal was a tidy finish.
    Should have been about 6 tho – atletico had 4 one on one opportunities and wasted them.

  • Mattresers

    He needs to be benched.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Yes and also win cl.

  • Hannu

    Great game even though it should have been something like 7-0. 🙂 Valencia didn’t have any chance and everyone performed just well. Godin and Lucas should pair up to next game.

  • Karlp

    good defending by Valencia actually, except Cancelo that as bad as always. Gaya & Mangala is very good.

    Our intensity is crazy. Only in the last Alaves’ game were we completely outmuscled.

    Now Griezmann is clearly the best Atleti player I’ve ever seen, sorry Forlan.

  • Paweł Kosiński

    Maybe Griezmann IS Forlan in disguise. I mean, this haircut he’s wearing now and the goal against Deportivo – it can’t be all pure coincidence, can it?

  • Karlp

    anyone has an opinion on Kampl?
    kinda similar to Koke for me. Bayer also played a bit similar to Atleti, and he’s one of their hardest worker, so should fit to our team (but I also thought the same for Gaitan).

    BTW, how is the transfer ban going?

  • Aqil Azhan

    Hoping a good scoreline against Granada

  • AndersAT

    Yeah a good game. I hope we can string together a few good games, that would be welcome.

    I really liked Forlan, and I think he had a similar high level but was a bit more consistent. Griezmann should have scored one or two more last night.

  • Karlp

    that’s the hope. Good results bring confidence, confidence brings good results.

    I’m probably not fair to compare them, both are different types of player. Yes, Griez problem is he sometimes chokes (1-on-1s, penalties), but technique-wise he’s the best.

  • Karlp

    ISL’s forlan is just a disguise

  • Maura

    Yesterday Atletico played like the team of the past few seasons. Everyone fought for loose balls and the level was very intense. There was the “courage and heart” that had been missing for a while. The score should have been about 6:0.

    A few things:
    1. Vrsaljko (spelling?) is really good! As much as I love Juanfran, Vrsaljko is playing better and deserves to start at right back. He is faster than Juanfran and his crosses are more accurate.
    2. Lucas should get more playing time. He is not flashy, but is very steady and reliable and hardly ever makes a big mistake. I think that pairing him with Godin would turn him into a superstar center back. I would put Lucas in the lineup over Savic.
    3. Nico Gaitan also deserves more playing time. He makes things happen and is very quick.
    4. I was also impressed with how Thomas played yesterday.
    5. I agree with some of the people below that Griezmann is starting to look like Forlan with his hair style. I thought I was the only one to notice that! Forlan was one of the players that turned me into an Atletico fan (as a woman he is “easy on my eyes”) along with Fernando Torres.