Preview - Valencia vs Atletico Madrid 9 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 09, 2017, 04:07 PM

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Valencia vs Atletico Madrid

Both teams have made promising starts heading into this clash at the Mestalla. It is also Atletico's third straight away game as they wait out the finishing touches to their spanking new stadium, the Metropolitano. Atletico fought back to draw 2-2 against new boys Girona before thumping Las Palmas 5-1. Valencia have four points on board, including a courageous 2-2 draw at the home turf of champions Real Madrid. Diego Simeone's men did the double over Valencia last season, a 3-0 and 2-0. They will be without Antoine Griezmann as he serves the final game of his suspension for that red card against Girona. Captain Gabi is also in line for his first start of the season.

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Sep 10, 2017, 03:32 PM Last Edit: Sep 10, 2017, 03:34 PM by Bensergi
Match Stats:

  • Valencia 0-0 Atletico Madrid
  • Shots: 6-9
  • Possession: 49%-51%
  • Corner kicks: 4-3


Valencia and Atletico Madrid shared a point in a combative but relatively underwhelming meeting at the Mestalla on Saturday.

Neither side looked capable of breaking through the opposition defence, and goalkeepers Neto and Jan Oblak were hardly called into action. The draw did maintain the unbeaten start to the season for both sides, but there was to be no celebration for Atletico after Diego Simeone's long-awaited contract renewal.

With half an hour played, Luciano Vietto found himself in a shooting position after a stray pass from Geoffrey Kondogbia, but blazed his left-footed effort over the bar.


The hosts, meanwhile, had been expertly restricted by Simeone's side, and that continued until the break, with the visitors looking the most likely to make a breakthrough.


There was a notable increase in tempo after half-time, as both sides looked to establish more of an attacking threat in a game that had lacked creativity.

Los Colchoneros appeared to be growing increasingly in control as the half progressed, but a true goalscoring opportunity, but for a near-miss from substitute Nicolas Gaitan, proved elusive against the equally resolute home side.


It was disjointed but industrious on both sides of the pitch, a contest of commendable effort and organisation but no guile or flair. And even in the latter stages there was a lack of urgency, an apparent acceptance that a shared point from a scoreless draw was inevitable.

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