La Liga: Celta 0 – 2 Atlético

Atlético move top of the league again with 2-0 win over Celta

Augusto Fernández started against his former club

Augusto Fernández started against his former club

Atlético Madrid exercised their Balaidos demons with a well-deserved 2-0 win over Celta in a rain-hit Vigo on Sunday evening.

Los rojiblancos return to the summit of La Liga in the process, and although still a game ahead of rivals Barcelona, Atleti will much rather have the points on the board.

Atleti were well-beaten in this fixture last season and this was always a potential banana skin for Los Colchoneros.

Simeone elected to hand January signing Augusto his first start since joining Atleti, against his former club. The midfielder was roundly booed throughout his 54 minutes this evening.

Luciano Vietto was the striker selected to partner Antoine Griezmann up front, with Fernando Torres and Jackson Martínez both having to settle for a spot on the bench.

Left out of the matchday squad altogether were Óliver Torres, Thomas and Kranevitter. Further proof that Atleti has far more midfielders than spots available.

The game started with half-chances for both sides, and Celta looked like they were a team that could cause Atlético problems. However it was a first half that lacked a goal.

This is the story of Atlético’s season so far. Playing well, with some good build up play, but lacking the killer touch in the final third.

Diego Simeone didn’t have to wait long after his half-time team talk for the deadlock to be broken, as Atleti took the lead just three minutes into the second period.

And who else was to get the goal than Antoine Griezmann? Some tidy play from the Frenchman set up the goal. A slick around the corner first-touch pass through to Vietto sent him clear to run towards goal, pulling the goalkeeper out of position.

The young Argentinean then cut the ball across the face of goal into the path of Griezmann, who side footed the ball into an empty net to notch up his tenth league goal of the season.

Ten minutes before the end, substitute Yannick Carrasco doubled Atlético’s lead with a fantastic individual effort.

A ridiculously long ball from Oblak was headed down into the path of Carrasco, who carried the ball through two defenders before smashing the ball into the back of Sergio Alvarez’ goal.

The young Belgian has arguably been Atleti’s best signing this season.

Another clean sheet for Jan Oblak and Atleti, it’s looking more and more like it’s going to be the defence that keeps Atlético at the top of the league.

The struggles up front are still a worry, though. But Winter Champions – it’s a good position to be in.

Celta Atlético Madrid
Celta 0 2 Atlético Madrid
 Griezmann 49'
 Carrasco 80'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Balaidos, Vigo
Date 10 January 2016
Kick Off 20:30 CET
  • Koke

    Vietto seems to offer far more to us than either Jackson or Torres at this point in time. He wasn’t as impressive early on in the season but he gets better every single game. His only weakness is… well, weakness – against big strong center backs he can often get pushed around and he might not win the most headers in the box. But his runs are awesome and even though he hasn’t been scoring much his speed and movement open up the play and he has been assisting a few goals too. Hope to see him continue growing, maybe he’ll even cement a starting berth going forward.

    I don’t know why Simeone didn’t start Carrasco but I’m proud of him for subbing him on for Augusto even after we had the lead. This was the type of performance I want to see from Atleti more often – instead of getting one goal and defending for the rest of the game, why not put pressure on the other team and look for more goals on the break WHILE still being defensively sound? Maybe it helped that for the first time in what feels like a while our first goal didn’t come in the dying embers of the game.

    Saul and Koke make a good team. I think those two should be starting most games. Saul because he deserves it, Koke because he is such a fixture in this team. Besides these two, we should only play with ONE other midfielder. Carrasco, Griezmann and one of our strikers should play most games.

    I’m still a little annoyed at the defensive lineups that we sometimes see. I get that we want to keep clean sheets, but we also want to keep possession and score. We had four center midfielders on the field today and STILL Griezmann felt the need to drop deep, that’s how little creativity there is. If the guy was able to concentrate on scoring and assisting instead of starting attacks from the midfield, he could have even more goals than he does.

    Great game in general! Carrasco, Griezmann, Vietto, and Saul deserve special mentions.

  • Kris

    Very good analysis.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    In my opinion : our best signing this season is Vietto, he has the same number of goals and more assists than Carrasco in much less playing time, 500 minutes exactly, Carrasco played 1217 minutes and Vietto played 717 minutes .
    I think Vietto could has contributed much more if he haven’t had appendectomy .

    As I said yesterday, I think Carrasco makes too many useless and sometimes unnecessary dribbles and then he either lose the ball after trying to dribble a 3rd or a 4th player, or he finishes it off the target or lose control of the ball and it ends up a throw in or a goal kick .
    I don’t want to be harsh on the kid, he is very skillful and very fast and has a lot of potential, but he needs to figure out how to use those skills to benefit the team in the best way, he needs to be much more effective, like Griezmann, and he sure can .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Back to Oliver again :
    Why didn’t Simeone take him to Vigo then drop him from the list there, just like Thomas & Kranevitter ?! .. I mean he could take all his 24 players if he wanted, there is no limit on how many players should travel with the team .
    Is he angry at him ?! is he punishing him ?!

    I want to talk about 2 points :
    1- About Simeone :
    If I know for sure that he will stay with us at least until 2020 as his contract says I would have no problem loaning Oliver again or even selling him, although it will hurt me, but if Simeone is intending to leave next season or the season after that then in my opinion he is obligated to build a team that his successor can work with, not left him a team with most the key players are over 30 .
    If he is planning to leave soon (I don’t think so) then he doesn’t have the right to sell any of our young talents .

    2- About Oliver
    I think he should stay and fight for his spot, because asking to leave on loan again could be seen as giving up, and I believe Cholo has zero tolerance with that .
    Thomas seems willing to keep fighting for his place, and I don’t think he will change his mind after dropping from the list again, Kranevitter seems willing to fight too, Saul didn’t get much minutes at the beginning of the season (mostly because of Oliver himself) but he waited for his chance and never complained .
    Plus : we could win something this season, and Oliver already missed La Liga title as he was at Villrreal, I don’t think he wants to miss another title .
    The season is too long and we are still fighting on all 3 fronts, there will be too many games, there will be suspensions and -hopefully not- injuries, if I was Oliver I would definitely stay .

  • sarnobat

    What daemons did we exercise? I don’t recall a cruel fate at this stadium in the recent past.

  • sarnobat

    What daemons did we exercise? I don’t recall a cruel fate at this stadium in the recent past….

  • Sanil
  • sarnobat

    Okay, last season we lost 2-0 there. Though I don’t think many people regard that as daemons being exercised.

  • Sanil

    Completely outplayed! I dreaded Balaidos this season