La Liga: Atlético 2 – 1 Valencia

Atlético take all three points from tough test in Madrid

Jackson celebrates his second goal in two games

Jackson celebrates his second goal in two games

After two first half goals, Atlético Madrid secured all three points against Valencia in the Vicente Calderón on Sunday evening.

Atlético was dominating, but struggled to create anything special in the final third. But after a double defensive mistake from the Valencia defenders, Jackson Martínez capitalized and scored his second league goal.

So far, Jackson has scored three goals. However, two of those goals are against Sevilla and Valencia, which are great teams to score against.

Not only was it Jackson’s night, but also Yannick Carrasco’s. After a superb match against Astana in the UEFA Champions League, Carrasco was again selected in the starting eleven.

The Belgian connected well with the rest of the team and was causing Valencia some real problems.

He got the ball near the halfway line and managed to dribble past a Valencia defender until he released a low drive shot into the bottom corner. 2-0.

After Carrasco’s goal, the match was very straightforward for Atleti and Cholo’s men had countless chances to score more. But Valencia’s Domenech was practically unbeatable.

Near the end of the match, Valencia added a bit of pressure after Paco Alcácer capitalized on a silly mistake from Diego Godín.

Godín apparently shoved Alcácer in the box and Gil Manzano quickly pointed to the penalty spot. Alcácer showed no remorse and scored for Valencia to make it 2-1.

After Valencia’s goal, there was a bit of tension in the Calderón, but Valencia wasn’t able to create any more dangerous chances.

Atlético had a nice chance to score a third, but Torres’ header went wide. Torres again replaced Jackson during the second half.

The match ended with a bit of drama as Filipe Luis looked to be hurt. Here’s to hoping it’s nothing serious.

After this match, Atlético Madrid is third with 19 points, jut two below both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

On Friday, Atleti will face Depor in the Riazor at 20:30 CST.

Atlético Madrid Valencia
Atlético Madrid 21 Valencia
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 25 October 2015
Kick Off 20:30

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Substitutes used
Enzo Pérez
Substitutes used
  • Ahmad Hossainy

    We started the game with 4-4-2, with :
    Two defensive midfielders, Gabi and Tiago, who do their job very well, and the statistics are on their side, especially Gabi .
    Two strikers, Jackson and Griezmann, who have good numbers in goals and assists .
    One winger, a great one, Carrasco .
    But what is Koke ??!!!
    He is definitely not a winger or an attacking midfielder, he doesn’t score a lot of goals and he doesn’t make a lot of “open-play” assists, because he doesn’t the have the skills and the talents of Carrasco, Correa, Oliver or even Saul, I mean did you see his poor finish of the one-on-one he had at the first few minutes of the game, that should have been a goal .
    Koke is a central midfielder, and if Simeone trusts Gabi and Tiago more in that position then he should put him on the bench, because :
    1- He is killing him by making him play out wide .
    2- He is wasting a spot that could have been given to Oliver or Correa .

    The run of the tough games is over now, so let’s see if Simeone will put Koke in the center, because if he really wants him to be our “Xavi” as we read few days ago then he has to put him in Xavi’s position !

  • Kris

    Yes, yes, yes, yes and YES! I was feeling exactly the same while watching the game. Koke is a very good tactical player, but seeing him opposite to Carrasco was embarrassing as Carrasco was on a different class as a winger, this in part in Carrasco being a natural winger. Even though Koke’s presence on the pitch was felt, he didn’t have a big impact in the game.

    And Simeone really is wasting 3 talents at the moment by playing them out of position, and they can’t really seem to adapt to other positions; Koke, Oliver, and Saul. All of these players get played as wingers, while none of them actually are wingers. Winger itself is a different position than rest of the outfield positions. It requires lots of pace, lots of stamina, and lots of skills. It’s evident that Juanfran was a winger, and it’s evident that Siqueira was a winger. because of how they play.

    Even though Gabi and Tiago both had a good game today, I will never stop saying both of them should not be played together at the same time. It is not necessary. Take one of them out, play Koke in the double pivot, switch to 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 like you suggested, and let’s put out a fast team every match.