La Liga: Celta 0 – 2 Atlético
Atlético move top of the league again with 2-0 win over Celta
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.
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|10 January 2016|