Atlético host Real Sociedad on Sunday night in the 31st round of la Liga. Earlier this season we beat the Txuri-urdin in a spectacular 4-2 win in Anoeta, with goals by Agüero, Forlán and Simão.
Before last week those three players were leading Atleti’s topscorer table, which is remarkable considering the Portuguese left our club in January. But after his hat trick against Osasuna Diego Costa has upped his tally to eight goals and is now a serious candidate to start in the Vicente Calderón tomorrow.
Sergio Agüero and Diego Forlán must have been envious of Costa’s prolific finishes in El Sadar and debates in Spain this week focused on who El Kun’s partner should be on the weekend; Costa or the Uruguayan star. Agüero himself returns after sitting out a one match suspension.
Ahead of this match, our number 10 said he was confident, but he also warned of our opponents:
“This will be a difficult game, like all the matches we have left. We have a good team and we’re in good form, so we’ll do our best to get a good result,” said the Argentine.
While the forward returns to domestic action, we will be without captain Antonio López, who picked up a knee injury earlier this week and will miss the next few weeks.
Atlético are also without Juan Valera and Fran Mérida, who have been left out of the match selection by Quique Sánchez Flores.
Goalkeepers: De Gea, Joel
Defenders: Filipe, Godín, Ujfalusi, Domínguez, Perea
Midfielders: Mario, Tiago, Raúl García, Elias, Assunção, Reyes, Juanfran, Koke
Forwards: Forlán, Agüero and Diego Costa
Sociedad match selection
Goalkeepers: Bravo, Zubikarai
Defenders: Martínez, Estrada, Mikel González, Labaka, Ansotegi, Demidov
Midfielders: Xabi Prieto, Elustondo, Markel, Rivas, Aranburu, Zurutuza, Griezmann, Sutil
Forward: Tamudo and Ifrán
Referee: Álvarez Izquierdo
Ahead of the weekend, Atlético sit only one point behind a European spot and with Athletic Bilbao losing we could even close the gap with the team currently in 5th place.
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