La Liga: Sevilla 0 – 3 Atlético

Koke, Gabi and Jackson on target as rojiblancos make a statement

Atleti pay tribute to Raúl García with commanding win

Atleti pay tribute to Raúl García with commanding win

After an unconvincing win in their La Liga curtain-raiser against Las Palmas last week, Atlético Madrid showed just what they are capable of on Sunday evening with an impressive win at rivals Sevilla.

Koke opened the scoring, before late goals from Gabi and substitute Jackson Martínez secured a 3-0 win in one of the most difficult away venues in the whole of Spain.

Ahead of kick-off, the rojiblanco fanbase was rocked with the news that Raúl García is set to depart for Athletic Bilbao tomorrow, and the team paid tribute to the robust midfielder by holding up eight fingers after each goal.

RG8 was left out of the squad altogether despite travelling with the squad to Seville, and will sign a four-year contract with the Basque club tomorrow after the two clubs agreed on a fee.

Cholo also surprised many by opting for Fernando Torres ahead of Jackson Martínez in attack, with the Colombian still getting up to speed in these first few months as an Atleti player.

El Niño wasn’t in top form in attack, but thankfully strike partner Antoine Griezmann was, in particular in the first half. The Frenchman fashioned our two best chances of the first half, setting up Óliver for a shot that was saved by Beto, before bending one just past the post himself.

However, his main contribution came ten minutes before half-time, as he showed great determination to poke to ball into the path of Koke after being knocked to the floor by Sevilla defender Adil Rami.

The Spanish international took advantage of his teammates’ clever touch, and was on hand to side foot the ball into the corner and put the visitors into the lead.

It was probably deserved on the balance of play, but Sevilla stepped up the intensity after the break and really started to ask questions of the Atleti backline.

With the towering Fernando Llorente in attack after being granted a free transfer from Juventus this week, cross after cross came into the away side’s penalty area, but they stood firm and handled everything that was being thrown at them.

If it wasn’t Godín, it was Giménez, and if it wasn’t Giménez it was Oblak, who had to be on hand on a few occasions to deny the likes of Coke and Konoplyanka from finding an equaliser.

Despite all of the pressure, Atleti were looking threatening at the other end, and dealt the home side a killer blow not long from the end.

After the lively Carrasco had won a free-kick, the Sevilla defence switched off as a subsitution was made, and captain Gabi made the most if it with a superb second goal from fully 30 yards.

His powerful effort did take a deflection on it’s way in, but nobody in red and white would’ve cared as the pocket of away fans were allowed to breathe a sigh of relief.

Just before the end, marquee summer signing Jackson Martínez put the gloss on the scoreline with a delightful curling effort from just outside the box, and secured a crucial three points against a direct rival.

You could see just what it meant to the team on all of their faces, both for Jackson to get off the mark and for the result, which sends a clear message out to the rest of the teams in La Liga. Atleti mean business this year.

Raúl García may be off, but the players showed that there is plenty of life left still in the team and demonstrated the qualities that the Basque midfielder is synonymous for; grit, determination, hard-work, resilience…

With Barça up next after the international break, you have to feel this is a real chance for Atleti to lay down a marker at this early stage in the season.

Sevilla Atlético Madrid
Sevilla 03 Atlético Madrid
 Koke 35'
 Gabi 79'
 Jackson 85'
Competition La Liga
Location Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
Date 30 August 2015
Kick Off 19:30 CEST

Team Lineups

Sevilla
Beto
Coke
Rami
Carriço (69')
Tremoulinas
Krychowiak
Iborra (66')
Banega
Vitolo
Reyes (66')
Llorente
Substitutes used
Krohn-Dehli (66')
Konoplyanka (66')
Gameiro (69')
Atlético Madrid
Oblak
Juanfran
Godín
Giménez
Gámez
Tiago
Gabi
Koke (64')
Óliver (70')
Griezmann
Torres (78')
Substitutes used
Saúl (64')
Carrasco (70')
Jackson (78')

Match Stats

Possession
6436
Shots
2517
On Target
77
Corners
111
Fouls
1713
Yellow Cards
34
Red Cards
00
  • Ahmad Hossainy

    The whole game I was in shock about Raul Garcia .. I still am .
    The departure of Falcao, Costa, De Gea, Arda and even Forlan -one of my favorite players of all time- didn’t hurt as much as this .

    I still can’t believe it, the biggest fighter the football ever known will seek more minutes without even trying to fight with some kids like Correa, Carrasco, Oliver & Vietto .. the man who competed with David Villa, and won !!
    I am in denial, and I think I will go through all the 5 stages of grief .
    If Athletic relegation would mean that Raul will return then I really wish they be relegated, this is how much I love Raul,
    The Real Raul .

  • Mitch

    Yes, its shocking and now I know why all the players were showing the “8” sign during the game.

  • Koke

    I know it’s only the second game of the season, but these are the kinds of performances that win titles. Gritty, stubborn, organized, industrial – everything I love about this Atleti team. Our defense is the best in the world, I think, but this season we will also have a killer attack and a more vibrant midfield – watch out world.

    Jackson looks really good. I’m not just talking about his superb goal (which was with his weak foot – you don’t even see Messi or Robben scoring those goals with their right foot). All of his touches are silky and controlled; he is way more skillful than Mandzukic and Torres; he should start. Carrasco also looks great, as does Oliver. Godin and Gimenez are absolutely out of this world, and Oblak is a future (and present) gem. I hope to see a lot of clean sheets this season.

    Two things I don’t like about today’s match:
    1) I don’t like seeing Koke shunted out to the left wing. He’s simply out of position there. I know Simeone intends to put him in the middle and is really slow with change, but I think the time has come. Maybe he just wanted Koke out wide for a more defensive performance, since Sevilla is dangerous. I could understand that. But in general Koke’s influence is minimal out wide. He doesn’t beat players or race to the byline. He is a playmaking central midfielder, born and bred.

    2) Gamez out wide. He doesn’t seem to do anything except cut back onto his right foot and pass backwards. I think he is an excellent player and one of the best backups we could ask for, but he should remain on the right side, not the left. Does Cholo really distrust Siquiera THAT much? If so, he’s a waste of money to keep – we should sell him. I personally don’t mind him, I think he’s good for a backup.

  • AaX

    The starting eleven has been fixed. Yes Cholo is slow in the progress, he’s willing to change the formation only after a more stable first half’s result and performances. He should able to assessed more risks and make more game changing substitutions this time around but alas with the departure of Raul Garcia we are short of 10 fighters now.

    Hope you’d come back later Raul, you know, you belong nowherelse except at the Calderon, at Atletico de MADRID. I am sorry that a Fact.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I’m in love with Oliver, he has Arda’s skills in dribbling and keeping possession, but he is faster and more direct, doesn’t slow our pace, doesn’t think too long, sometimes doesn’t think at all, just gives an accurate long pass without even looking .
    But what really surprised me was his defending, I was impressed to see such a small player win physical duels against the giants of Sevilla . Impossible is nothing for El Profe Ortega .

    There is no way Mandzukic could have scored a goal like that one from Jackson, not just Mandzu, I don’t think Costa could either, that was a Forlan-esque goal, only few players can score it, a great shot from outside the box with the weaker foot (just for discussion’s sake, because Forlan doesn’t have a weaker foot) .
    Jackson is not just very athletic, he is very talented too, we finally found the striker we’ve been looking for since Costa’s departure, but what driving me crazy is this :
    Jackson was available last season, and we had the money, so why didn’t we sign him instead of spending 33 million on Mandzukic & Jimenez ?!

    I talked about Gamez as a left back before the game, but I want to add that the worst thing about it is that it’s working for him, in several games with him on the left we win and keep clean sheets, and that masks the problem, like Moya last season who put a solid performance in many games, but in the most important one, against Valencia, he made a big mistake that gave them the equalizer, while one of the top 5 GKs in the world was rotting on the bench .

    If you don’t have the slightest faith in Siqueira and think that Lucas still lack the experience then sell the former, loan the latter and sign a decent “left-footed” back-up left back .. is it really that complicated ?!!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    We didn’t lose against Sevilla since 2010, which means that Simeone has never lost against them, in 10 games since he took charge of Atleti, 4 draws and 6 wins, half of them were thrashing, the 4-0 last season and the 1-3 and 0-3 at their own stadium, but yet, he still consider them -with Valencia- our direct rivals, I can understand if it was just humbleness, mind games and removing pressure from our players, but last season it seemed that he really believed it .

    As I said many times last season, I don’t see anything special about those two teams, I’m not saying that they are not good, they are, but we are much better, and this season we even got stronger and they got weaker .
    And I’m not saying we should win La Liga either, we have to try, but if we couldn’t then we have no excuse not to finish at least 3rd with
    a comfortable margin, 10 points or more, if Valencia were able to repeat their 77 points of last season with their current squad then we should get 87 (out of total 114) .

    But fans don’t need mind games and there is no pressure upon them, and I think they should stop giving those two teams more than what they deserve of respect, competitiveness level in La Liga is very low, and it’s not so great in Europa League either, the other side in the final last season was Dnipro, a team most of us never heard about it until the quarterfinals .
    Let’s see what will they do in the champions league, and if I was wrong I will have no problem of admitting it .

  • As far as I can tell, everyone thinks Seville is a very good team.
    Atleti beat them by scoring 3 goals and keeping a clean sheet. (Is Real
    Betis a team of equal caliber as Seville? You are smart, you know where
    that comment could go.) If Atletico keeps playing like they did, we will
    not only have a “successful year,” we will be champions. I think if we
    beat Barcelona next week (or tie), the “Atletcio is playing for 3rd
    place” talk will stop. As it should. Giving Seville the beat down we did
    yesterday, should be proof of that. But it is consistency that is truly
    needed.

  • AaX

    High level of Clinical Finishing was ‘The Difference’. And I think Sevilla is a strong team equal to Valencia although Our rivals really are both Barcelona and Real domestically (and they lost to us 2 seasons back).Therefore 3rd position to me is unsuccessful placing.