La Liga: Granada 0 – 0 Atlético
Atlético seal third place with goalless draw to round out the season
It was a cagey affair at the Los Carmenes as both teams had an incentive to go out and win.
For the home side, a positive result would guarantee their place in next years La Liga schedule and for the away side, an automatic Champions League place would be ensured if they were to avoid defeat.
With a draw being favourable for both sides the game seemed set for defensive priorities being put before attacking ambitions.
With Almeria taking an early lead at home to Valencia, Granada turned up the heat and attempted to break down the second best defence of Spanish football – without too much luck.
This, whilst not paying dividends for the home side opened up space for Griezmann to exploit and on the 18th minute timed his run to perfection and broke into the box, courtesy of some excellent play by Koke, but the Frenchman’s couldn’t open the scoring.
Juanfran was the next Rojiblanco to storm into the box but the right back was crowded out and couldn’t make anything of it.
Granada attempted a few crosses into the box as breaking down the back four of Atleti never really looked a possibility and Piti launched an enticing ball into the box but no Granada player could get on the other end to greet it.
Saul was in the starting eleven and the youngster put himself about the pitch, giving 110% as per usual.
Former Blackburn frontman Rochina got the second shot of the game but unfortunately for Granada it wasn’t on target.
Half time brought a break to the ‘action’.
Koke came close to converting an audacious volley in the 56th minute which was definitely one of the best chances of the game. Despite a subdued team performance, Koke tried his hardest to make his mark.
Despite a few attempts to get the ball into the box from Granada, the second half was as uneventful as the first.
The introduction of Raul Jimenez was the closest Atleti got to making an attacking move in the second half.
The departure of left back Siquiera was met with wild applause and adulation as the Granada fans paid homage to their former player.
The final whistle meant los rojiblancos had secured an automatic Champions League place and made Atelti champions!…of the championship Simeone had created involving us, Valencia and Sevilla.
Not the most exciting of games to end a season with but another strong year for Simeone’s men and a platform to push on from so we can be back challenging for the title again.
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|Granada||0 0||Atlético Madrid|
|23 May 2015|