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Atlético de Madrid - Getafe CF: On the verge of history

Atlético can set a new club record for consecutive home wins in all competitions.

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Will Samuel Lino start in defense or in midfield?
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Atlético de Madrid may be tired, but there’s no time to dwell on it as Getafe make the short trip to the Cívitas Metropolitano for midweek action in LaLiga.

Atlético Madrid (11-1-4, 34 points) can set a new club record on Tuesday night with its 21st consecutive home win in all competitions. Victory over local rivals Getafe (6-7-4, 25 points) would be Atlético’s 18th home win on the trot in LaLiga, and its ninth in league play this season. Following an insipid away day in Bilbao on Saturday, a win Tuesday is practically required — especially against an opponent that Atleti have defeated in 18 of the past 21 league meetings.

“We need to win duels, improve our pressure. The game isn’t won only through physicality,” head coach Diego Simeone told the media on Monday. “We’ve played several games in a row, the boys are making a great effort, but we have to continue.”

Getafe on Saturday secured its first away win this season after pounding Sevilla 3-0 at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. It was the latest in a string of impressive results for José Bordalás’s men, who have lost just once in their past 11 league games and sit eighth in the table. Top scorer Borja Mayoral (10 goals) has provided the front-line punch that went missing following star striker Enes Ünal’s knee injury — and after three consecutive 15th-place finishes, Bordalás has Getafe competing as it did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Getafe are a very competitive team that has evolved its style and has lots of players attacking the box,” Simeone said. “It’s always been a hard-working and demanding team. Everyone there works according to the coach’s ideas, and it has led them to compete as they always do.”

Simeone on Monday tested a lineup that included both Rodrigo Riquelme (at left wing-back) and Samuel Lino (in midfield) for the first time. El Cholo is poised to drop Saúl Ñíguez from the midfield in response to Athletic Club’s domination on Saturday, and the coach could move Marcos Llorente to right wing-back to replace the out-of-form Nahuel Molina. The central defense rotation will also be tweaked, as José Giménez has been left out of the squad with a muscular problem.

The Champions League draw on Monday also gave Simeone a chance to address Atlético’s opponent in the round of 16 — Inter Milan, where Cholo played between 1997 and 1999.

Inter are in an extraordinary moment, they’ve competed very well in the Champions League,” he said. “I love how they play, I have great affection for Simone Inzaghi and Javier Zanetti, and I have great memories of what I experienced in Milan.”

Date Dec. 19, 2023

Location Estadio Cívitas Metropolitano, Madrid

Kickoff time 9:30 p.m. CET, 8:30 p.m. GMT, 3:30 p.m. ET, 12:30 p.m. PT

Available TV/streaming ESPN+ (United States), DAZN LaLiga 2 (Spain), LaLiga TV (United Kingdom)