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Villarreal CF-Atlético Madrid: Pressure on as Atlético seek first win in four

Not for the reason that begin of Fernando Torres’ second stint have Atlético Madrid defeated Villarreal on the street — a run Diego Simeone’s wounded troops will attempt to finish on Sunday.

Atlético (17-4-2, 55 factors) scored a 1-0 win over Villarreal (8-13-3, 37 factors) on April 29, 2015. Since then, this hotly-contested fixture has seen the spoils shared on 5 events, with Villarreal grabbing four wins to Atleti’s two (each in Madrid).

“I think about Villarreal can have quite a lot of possession,” Diego Simeone mentioned Saturday. “(They’ll) seek for holes with Moi (Gómez) and Gerard (Moreno), they’ve pace and depth on the wings, expertise with (Raúl) Albiol. Pau (Torres) is having an amazing season.

“They’ve nice gamers and an amazing supervisor, and they’re a really troublesome workforce to play.”

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The go to to Vila-real ends a sophisticated month for Atlético, one which has seen coronavirus and accidents decimate the workforce that had run up a 10-point lead in LaLiga. That lead has now dwindled to 2 factors over Barcelona (although the Catalans have performed two video games extra) and three factors over Real Madrid (the reigning champions have performed a sport extra).

Atleti have conceded in eight video games working between LaLiga and the Champions League, letting in eight targets throughout that point.

“I belief quite a bit in my workforce, in the gamers, in their high quality, in the work we do,” Simeone mentioned

In the meantime, Villarreal booked protected passage to the Europa League’s final 16 on Thursday with a second win in every week over Pink Bull Salzburg. However on the fee Emery’s males are going, they face a wrestle to return to the competitors subsequent season. Villarreal haven’t gained a league sport since Jan. 8, drawing 5 instances in six outings since a 4-0 thrashing of Celta Vigo.

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Emery’s high scorer Moreno gained’t be dealing with Atlético’s full-strength protection — Yannick Carrasco and José Giménez stay sidelined with accidents, although the previous is predicted again for subsequent week’s Madrid Derby. Kieran Trippier stays ineligible however will likely be out there to face Actual Madrid, as his FA ban for “violating betting laws” ends March 1. Šime Vrsaljko is predicted get the nod right here.

One thing to observe — Luis Suárez, who has scored on his final three visits to La Cerámica, is on four yellow playing cards for the season. If he’s booked Sunday, he’ll miss the derby.


Date Feb. 28, 2021

Location Estadio de la Cerámica, Vila-real, Valencia

Kickoff time 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST

SB Nation opposition weblog Villarreal USA

Out there TV/streaming Movistar LaLiga (Spain), LaLiga TV (United Kingdom), beIN Sports activities (United States), DIRECTV Sports activities (Argentina), SuperSport MáXimo 2 (Central African Republic), Migu (China)

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