Atlético de Madrid are hoping for an immediate bounceback from Copa del Rey disappointment, as Diego Simeone’s side heads to Sevilla for a Sunday evening matchup in LALIGA.
Atlético Madrid (15-3-5, 48 points) will maintain top-four positioning with another victory over struggling Sevilla (4-8-11, 20 points), an opponent Los Colchoneros overcame twice at the Cívitas Metropolitano this season. Never in club history has Atlético defeated Sevilla in four consecutive league fixtures — Simeone’s men have the chance to do just that on Sunday and start to move past Wednesday’s damaging 1-0 home loss to Athletic Club.
“Many of us sometimes think that when the team does not respond it is because the team has been bad physically, but there are a thousand factors that are not physical,” Simeone told reporters on Saturday. “Players are human beings, who obviously have some moments of weakness. We ourselves, as coaches, also go through those situations or stages when there’s a sequence of matches like this. That’s why sometimes we make mistakes in some formation or with some substitution. ... The better you recover from a bad moment, the stronger you become.”
A strong response from Atlético on Sunday will bring Los Rojiblancos to within five points of second-place Girona, which lost 4-0 to Real Madrid on Saturday night. But Atleti have won just once from its past five visits to Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, and Sevilla will want to capitalize on Monday’s huge 2-1 win at Rayo Vallecano. Depending on results elsewhere, a loss for Quique Sánchez Flores’ men could see them slip to 17th in the table after 24 match days.
“Sevilla will be full of enthusiasm after their last victory against Rayo,” Simeone said. “They have recovered important players and they make the team better. We have a tough match ahead of us.”
For Atlético, Josema Giménez has not recovered from a hamstring injury in time to start this game, but Simeone confirmed that the defender will be back in full training next week. With Saúl Ñíguez unavailable through suspension, El Cholo could opt to maintain the midfield trio of Koke, Pablo Barrios, and Rodrigo de Paul. In attack, Álvaro Morata is expected to reclaim his starting role next to Antoine Griezmann, who has scored eight times for Atleti against Sevilla.
¡Estos son los futbolistas rojiblancos que se desplazarán a Sevilla! pic.twitter.com/IiEYdR6zeK— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) February 10, 2024
Date Feb. 11, 2024
Location Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla, Andalucía
Kickoff time 6:30 p.m. CET, 5:30 p.m. GMT, 12:30 p.m. ET, 9:30 a.m. PT