On Saturday evening, Atlético Madrid made it eight meetings in a row without losing to Celta Vigo as they routed the Galicians 4-1, the first time Atlético scored more than three in a home meeting with Celta since 1982.
Here are three stats that offer more insight into some of the game’s key moments:
49%: 23 of Ángel Correa’s 47 Atleti goals in LaLiga have opened the scoring
It was perhaps no surprise to see Correa get an early opening goal. After all, this was his 23rd time breaking the deadlock in a LaLiga game, accounting for almost half his goals for the club.
What’s more, Atleti have never lost in LaLiga with Ángel on the scoresheet (38 wins/5 draws). That run was extended with the Celta Vigo thrashing, as the forward made the most of his first start this season.
If we are to look for a less optimistic stat for Ángelito, it could be he was withdrawn before full-time again. He has not played a full 90 minutes since February 23rd, the first leg of the last-16 clash with Manchester United in the Champions League.
100: Assists for Koke at Atlético Madrid
Koke reached the landmark of 551 games for Atlético Madrid, only two off Adelardo’s record. He did so in style, recording an assist with a fine pass to Rodrigo de Paul early in the second half.
This was Koke’s first assist of the season — and his first since May, when he wrapped up the 2021/22 campaign with an assist in the final game against Real Sociedad.
Coming on matchday five of this season, Koke’s final pass for de Paul stands as his earliest assist in a campaign since 2017, when he recorded an assist for Josema Giménez in a 2-2 draw away at Girona on matchday one.
5: Goals in the opening 15 minutes of a half
Of Atlético’s nine goals this season in LaLiga, five have come in the first 15 minutes of either half. Three have been scored in the first 15 minutes, and two more between minutes 46 and 60.
This kind of stat is typical of Cholismo: getting into the opposition right from the off, starting and fighting with intensity. Combined with two injury-time goals in midweek against Porto, it shows a strong team spirit.
Correa and De Paul on Saturday joined a club which had previously been made up exclusively of Antoine Griezmann and Álvaro Morata, who scored all of Atleti’s goals against Getafe, Valencia, and Real Sociedad.