La Liga: Atlético 2 – 0 Getafe

Griezmann at the double as rojiblancos grind out the three points

Griezmann hits a brace to win the match against Getafe

Griezmann hits a brace to win the match against Getafe

Atlético Madrid were 2-0 winners against local rivals Getafe on Tuesday night, although it wasn’t a vintage performance from Diego Simeone’s men in the Vicente Calderón.

Antoine Griezman was the difference, striking at the beginning and end of the match to make sure of the result and add another two goals to his already impressive tally.

Cholo opted to make six changes from the side that beat Eibar on Saturday, bringing Fernando Torres back into the line-up and giving rests to a few of his key players ahead of a big run of games before the upcoming international break.

The Argentine was also without midfield engine Koke, who will be out for up to three weeks after being forced off with a hamstring problem at the weekend.

Atleti started brightly, and were ahead early on through a familiar method, and familiar source.

Yannick Carrasco – starting for the first time in red and white – saw his corner fall to Gabi, and although the captain didn’t get hold of his shot, it fell for Antoine Griezmann to control, turn and caress the ball home.

It was the type of goal we have gotten used to seeing from him since the turn of the year, and demonstrated just how much of a predator he has become inside the box, sniffing out any hint of a scoring chance and finishing with confidence.

However, as the home crowd descended into a party atmosphere, the team didn’t quite match their enthusiasm and struggled to really create any real openings during the remainder of the half.

Getafe it was who came closest to scoring before the interval, as Stefan Scepovic capitalised on a mistake from Óliver and tested Oblak’s reflexes. Thankfully, the Slovenian star was alert.

Much of the second half followed the same pattern, with the home side looking a little disjointed without some of their household names.

Simeone mixed things up, sending on Correa for Carrasco at half-time and giving Jackson Martínez a half hour run out, but despite dominating possession they were struggling to find a link between midfield and attack.

Fran Escribá knows Atleti better than most having worked as an assistant at the club under Quique Flores, and perhaps used some of his inside knowledge to frustrate the hosts, letting them have the ball but leaving little space to exploit on the counter attack.

Up at the other end, the Azulones had their chances to draw level most notably through Pedro León, but he couldn’t finish under pressure from the defender after pouncing on another error, this time from Guilherme Siqueira.

As time fizzled out, Cholo’s men looked happy to settle for their one goal lead and allowed Geta to come at them, but just as they started to put on a bit of pressure on the home goal, Atleti did what they do best.

Jackson was bright in his brief cameo, and was able to claim an assist as a reward for his persistance and hard running as the ball broke for him in injury time.

Slightly wide of goal after a pass forward wasn’t cut out, he pulled the defender away from the centre before laying it on a plate for Antoine Griezmann to pop up once more and apply the simple finish for 2-0.

The goal put daylight between the sides and perhaps made the scoreline look a little more flattering than it actually was, but was an important one and his fifth of the season, a figure he didn’t reach until December last year.

On the whole, it wasn’t a performance that fans will remember for years to come, but this was to be expected with lots of players still adapting. Come the end of the season, all that will matter is the three points

We can expect the ‘once de gala‘ to return for the trip to Villarreal on Saturday, and then it’s back to the Calderón for a crunch double bill against Benfica and Real Madrid in the space of four days.

Atlético Madrid Getafe
Atlético Madrid 20 Getafe
Griezmann '4 
Griezmann '90 
Competition La Liga
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 22 September 2015
Kick Off 20:00 CEST

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Óliver (65')
Carrasco (46')
Torres (57')
Substitutes used
Correa (46')
Jackson (57')
Tiago (65')
Juan Rodríguez (81')
Pedro León (70')
Víctor Rodríguez
Lafita (79')
Substitutes used
Wanderson (70')
Álvaro (79')
Mensah (81')

Match Stats

On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • Ringo

    Siqueira was a little insecure today and so were Correa and Jackson. Óliver joined them after his free kick error, but prior to that he was close to perfect.

    The first half hour or so of this game made me feel like we actually have a lot of possession play potential. After that the team was kind of lost, though.

  • Kris

    Yeahh, that freekick blunder didn’t help Oliver. Mental strength has so much effect on the way someone plays football. I think to get the best of Oliver and so many other players, we have to fully change to the 4-3-3.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    With this game, Simeone has equaled Aragones number in most CONSECUTIVE games as an Atleti coach, 210 games .
    And with a contract until 2020, El Cholo is expected to have a big lead that will be very difficult to caught up .
    However, Don Luis still leads in the most games managed by a very big margin, 611 games, Simeone couldn’t catch him even if he honored his contract, he would need two or three more seasons after 2020, Aragones coached Atleti for 15 years, but over 6 different spells, hence the leading of Simeone in the consecutive games .

    STABILITY, in my opinion, is the first key to success .

    Here is a list of the number of games for Aragones in each of his spells as an Atleti coach, credit to the great blog :
    1974-1979 : 175 games
    1980 : 35 games
    1982-1986 : 210 games
    1987 : 24 games
    1991-1993 : 80 games
    2001-2003 : 87 games

  • Urban

    Pretty bleak game. Nothing to get to excited about, we won with minimal effort – we scored early and we did not much to improve the result.

    What worries me most is the fact that apparently our most important player is…. Tiago. Who is 34 and probably last year with us (or maybe not?). This guy is amazing, a true brain of the team. Always calm, always avaialble for a pass for his teammates who get under pressure, always sticking his leg when its needed. And he just gets better and better with time. This season he suprises me with his amazing through balls. Except for the intensity in pressing he is currently better than Gabi in almost all possible ways.

    I can’t even remember who failed to mark Ramos in the stoppage time in Lisbon…

  • Urban

    I wouldnt say Correa was insecure. Quite the opposite – he showed some vald moves.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I was about to post a comment about Tiago, but you said what I wanted to say .
    Agree about everything, except the surprise part, he didn’t surprise me at all in any aspect .
    Imagine if Mourinho succeeded to steal him too in the summer of 2014 !

    I would definitely offer him a new contract next summer and pay him whatever he wants despite his 35 years of age then, it’s just a number, and even if Kranevitter did very great when he comes in January, we are very clearly have shortage of “brains” in the center midfield .

  • Parsa

    Hi Urban. I can’t hide my disappointment by the fact that you guys always try to undervalue Gabi’s worth since last summer even when you are praising someone else! Tiago is amazing and he is just getting better and better every season. It’s true. But I don’t understand why you compare them and attempt to even say one is better than another. Just in case, Here are some stats from WhoScored in Laliga so far:

    Our average rating is 7.16. Only two players have been much better than our average. Griezmann with 7.9 and Gabi with 7.83. Tiago is 7.17. In average, Gabi has had 3.8 tackles and 3.4 interceptions per game, Tiago has had 2.2 of each per game. Gabi has had 86.3 % pass success with 63 passes per game, Tiago has had 86.1 % pass success with 49 passes per game. Tiago usually attempts more key passes and he has an average of 1 key pass per game, Gabi has 0.4 per game. But Gabi attempts more dribbles and he has an impressive 1.6 dribbles per game ( Impressive for a Defensive minded midfielder ), Tiago has 0.8. Gabi always has more fouls and that’s the nature of his game (and he goes for more pressing), But still Gabi has a single yellow card to his name and Tiago has 2. If you check each one of our games, the player with most touches of the ball in our team is always Gabi. Even against Barcelona that he was subbed of, he just had 3 touches lesser than Koke who played the whole game. And he had 95 % of passing success! I have to mention that Tiago has played 56 minutes lesser than Gabi in Laliga.

    I didn’t give you all these stats to determine who is better. I just like to see you guys appreciate our Captain equally the way you appreciate our other important players. Just that he was outrun once by Varane last season, You can’t always call him slow and useless! Just see how we are getting results this season when Gabi has been our second best player. ( Thank you Ahmad, I can Finally spell Tiago right! )

  • Paweł Kosiński

    Correa is a true crack in the making and Jackson slowly but surely enters his beast mode. Savić has done well but that’s it and Godín’s still in search of form. Óliver had a pretty poor game and not until Tiago came on, the midfield was all over the place or… maybe it was all just a smokescreen used in order to misguide Villarreal into thinking we’re really that bad and make them overly self-confident?

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I think lots of you guys are missing one important factor and that is, our team hasn’t gelled as yet. Each player is still trying to build on field understandings amongst the squad so maybe you should look at the positives. Like how last season we weren’t even playing this well but were happy with just winning games.

    I have faith that our side is getting better and better with each game even tho I’m still frustrated with some of Simeone’s tactics, I can see that he too is improving.
    On to the next one
    Aupa Atleti!!!

  • I totally agree.

  • Tiago gives that elder wisdom to the field. Every good team has or should have this type of player on their team. All teams should keep that guy until either injuries become to great to over come or he just decides to retire. He has been with us since the 2010 Europa cup championship. There is no reason to let him go. Tiago is also classy, so when Kranevitter joins us in January, we will have a good back up for Tiago and he will train him and will share all is knowledge.

  • Siqueira is lucky he did not get that second yellow card. He was a little too bold at times.

  • AndersAT

    I am watching Celta take on Barca. We can finally se what should be a major concern for Barca. They have a ridiculously small squad even with Arda and Vidal they have a problem in my opinion. I think Real Madrid have an advantage this year, and perhaps Atletico could challenge this year as well with Real Madrid not looking to imposing either.

  • Ringo

    He did sometimes, but at other times he showed some indecisiveness when at the ball. He could have been a little more dominant as well, I think.
    He is getting there, though. I think he did well.

  • The truth is that Correa is playing much better than Arda was and is already close to Arda’s last season numbers. Barcelona did us a favor buying him for €40M.

  • Ahmad Hossainy


    If I remember correctly, I once said thank you for defending Gabi .. thank you again .
    I don’t care too much about WhoScored ratings, but the other stats are great, especially the pass accuracy, 86.3 %, and it’s higher than Tiago’s .. some people will be shocked !
    Another stat you didn’t mention is the ball recovery, he has recovered 60 balls, 12 per game, he is second among all La Liga players in this category so far, only behind Rayo’s Llorente who has 2 more balls .

    I really don’t understand why some people don’t like him, even last season I don’t consider it a bad one for him, compared to the level of the whole team .
    He is a defensive midfielder and he does his job perfectly, steal balls & pass correctly, isn’t that his job description ?!
    It is not his fault that Simeone lines up too many defensive midfielders and that the team is not too creative .
    Gabi is also a great free-kick taker, no less than Koke, he has 30 assists with the club, which makes him 11th on the assistants list in the club’s history .. this may also shock some people .

    I agree with Urban that Tiago is better than Gabi, and not just currently, but I believe he always was (except in free-kicks, since Tiago doesn’t take any) but both are very good for us .. unless we can afford Xabi Alonso !

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Correa has played only 100 minutes with us, even 1000 minutes are not enough to judge him, he is very promising, but I think it’s very very early to call him “crack” or to say he is better than Arda .

    40 million for Arda was a very great deal though, it was the time for him to leave, the perfect time .
    The only negativity is that he went to Barca, but I don’t think he is a traitor, I think he is stupid, very stupid to not know that Barca are also an enemy, just like Real Madrid, and it hurts Atleti fans so much to see him joining them, the fans who supported him and sung his name more than any other player .
    And how can he know, he doesn’t speak Spanish (after 4 years in Madrid) so he doesn’t read the press or the social media, and he was confused and thought that Barca are our friends because we both hate Real Madrid and because their fans applauded us at Camp Nou after wining La Liga . Probably he will be surprised when he is booed and whistled at in the Calderon, and he will ask why .

    But even if this theory is true, stupid is not much less worse than traitor .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Honestly, and sorry for being negative, I don’t have big faith that Simeone can play beautiful attacking football with a lot of possession, a lot of creativity, a lot of chances & a lot of goals, he can’t play like Arsenal or BVB or even Villarreal & Celta .
    But that’s OK, we have been achieving better results and winning more trophies with Simeone’s way than those teams .

    I see improving in other areas, however .
    He stopped playing Gamez as a left back, he is rotating more, much more, and in important and difficult games like the one against Galatasaray, and they are successful rotations, and when things aren’t working out, his substitutions are much earlier, at halftime like the last 2 games against Eibar & Getafe .

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Well I definitely see your point in the build up and style of play part but as you also said that’s ok, we basically won and achieved alot without that style.

    The changes you mentioned are exactly what I’ve noticed about him and that makes me happy. Now if he’ll play a more creative midfield with only one holding at a time (Tiago or Gabi not both) against certain teams then I’ll be even happier.
    Let’s hope that against Villareal we’ll be successful no matter what happens tho

  • Urban

    I think you misunderstood me. I never meant to attack Gabi, my only intention was to stress how good Tiago is. I appreciate everything Gabi gave and is still giving us. But I must say that even tough I consider whoscored stats useful they should never be a sole basis for judging a player – I trust my own observations more, and right now I think it is hard to argue that Gabi is better than Tiago. Is Tiago world class? Surely. Is Gabi world class? I have my doubts. EBut still I love having them both in our team.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    You didn’t attack Gabi, but many other people do, or at least they don’t appreciate him .

    Tiago is a world class indeed, he played for Benfica, Chelsea, Lyon (in their great era when they won 7 consecutive Ligue 1 titles) and Juventus, and Mourinho tried to sign him for Chelsea again in 2014 .
    While Gabi doesn’t interest any of Europe’s big cubs nor he impresses del Bosque, but the thing is :
    I would never replace him with Xabi Alonso or Schweinsteiger, because it’s not just about the talent, it’s many more things, commitment, leadership, hard work, sense of belonging (Simeone uses that last phrase a lot), sacrifice (Gabi played the last two months of 2013-14 with a broken rib and told no one) .

    Real Madrid always have the best players in the world, they had two Galacticos in this millennium, but they only won 1 La Liga title of the last 7, 1 UCL of the last 12 and 2 Copa del Rey of the last 22 .
    They had Xabi Alonso in 2013-14, but Gabi was the one who lead his team to win La Liga .

    I know you understand that, but I wish other people do as well .

  • Parsa

    I understood you. What I’m trying to say or maybe I’m failing to say is that nobody gives a damn about Gabi’s contribution to our team. Right now everyone is talking about Tiago and there is not a single mention of Gabi. And that’s happening when Gabi is beating even his own best numbers and stats. I can’t even believe some people still talk about his omission from our line up. As Ahmad said, It’s not just about being world class or not. Believe me it’s more than that. Gabi is like the Atletico’s sentiment: Coraje y Corazon! Fans sing this every game yet how they fail to see one of the symbols of our clubs inside the pitch is beyond me. He is a true leader and he always gives 100 % percent. Although I think you underestimate his playing style and I’ve explained here before that in him we have one of the most unique central midfielders around. I hope you don’t take this as my dislike toward Tiago. I myself play as a defensive midfielder so I always fall in love in players who play in this position. And there is no much difference for me between Tiago and Gabi. They maybe old but their worth is far more than millions of euros.

  • Paweł Kosiński

    Might be early days, thus that’s why I’ve used the phrase “in the making”. Early signs are very encouraging indeed though and I can’t see why one wouldn’t get excited at our Argentine prospect. You’re talking 100 minutes of competitive action but my judgment was made based on off-season friendlies and international duty as well. What I saw was great tenacity, good vision and clever movement from our young Argentine. What makes him stand out is also the ability to influence games off the bench when needed most – I’m talking Getafe or Eibar, or even the Bolivia game when he scored like four minutes after coming on (ok, it was 6-0 already, but what I’d like to highlight here is how fast he adapts to what happens on the pitch). I’m a moderate optimist as well if you’re asking 😉