Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Getafe 0 Atletico Madrid 1: Koke strike settles ill-tempered clash

Getafe 0 Atletico Madrid 1: Koke strike settles ill-tempered clash

"It's true it's not the same as the Champions League, but the Europa League is our reality this season after failing in the Champions League and we have given everything to win it since we began to play in the competition", he said in an interview with the El Mundo Deportivo newspaper.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said he would not rest any players for Saturday's penultimate Liga game away to Getafe, even with the Europa League final against Olympique de Marseille coming up on Wednesday.

Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, little-used defender Achraf Hakimi, and Toni Kroos added on, along with an own goal by Celta's Sergi Gomez, to ease to the big win.

Madrid play Villarreal in the final round of the Liga before the Champions League final on May 26 in Kiev.

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"I am happy for (Bale's) match and for his goals".

The only tweak to Simeone's standard 4-4-2, was shifting Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion into a playmaking position behind Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa.

Even though Costa's form has varied over the past four months, he forms an undeniably risky attacking partnership with Antoine Griezmann, who set up Costa's goal against Arsenal.

One of them came on his return to La Liga action, netting in a 2-0 win against Getafe on January 6 before earning himself a red card for celebrating too wildly.

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"Hopefully, we'll have him with us and he'll be happy here, because all the great teams need a great goalkeeper".

Team mate Saul Niguez, however, believes only one thing will be on Griezmann's mind in Lyon. "We're going to try and make the most competitive team possible against an opponent that is having a fantastic season".

Atletico have the thinnest squad in the league after selling Yannick Carrasco and Nico Gaitan to Chinese club Dalian Yifang and letting goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya leave for Real Sociedad in February.

Villarreal are fifth on 60, Betis sixth on 60 and Sevilla seventh on 55, three above Getafe and with a better head-to-head record than the Madrid side.

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Sevilla also earned a berth after drawing at Real Betis 2-2 and Getafe's loss.

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