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Colchonero Chat 99: Antoine stars in Andalusia

Jeremy Beren and Rob Walker work their way through Atlético’s eighth 1-0 win of the season.

Malaga v Atletico Madrid - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images

Rob Walker (@rwalk03) is a staff writer at Into the Calderón and the guest on this edition of Colchonero Chat, centered on an uninspiring but vital Atlético Madrid win over Málaga.

The increasingly-common 1-0 scoreline was authored by Antoine Griezmann, who put in a complete shift from his first-minute goal to his 88th-minute tackling. Rob and Into the Calderón site manager Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) reflect on Griezmann’s Mattress Maker of the Match performance and discuss the success of the José Giménez - Lucas Hernández defensive pairing, Vitolo’s first start and more. The guys also debate whether Atlético would be more successful if they transitioned fully into the more expansive style some supporters want.

Jeremy and Rob go on to preview Thursday’s Europa League round of 32 first leg against Copenhagen. The podders wonder how seriously Simeone will take Europa League with Atlético narrowing the gap to Barcelona in LaLiga and offer their first leg predictions.

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