Atletico Madrid placed on a spectacular show of soccer prowess as they effortlessly cruised to a 3-0 house victory towards Valencia on Saturday, with a seamless efficiency led by Antoine Griezmann, additional cementing their unbeaten streak within the Spanish league to a powerful 10 video games.
An impressed Griezmann put Atletico forward early with a close-range strike and Carrasco prolonged their benefit slotting house a exact shot proper after the break.
Substitute Lemar wrapped up Atletico’s victory within the 67th minute, ending fantastically from Alvaro Morata’s cross as Diego Simeone’s group produced one other good show.
Atletico climbed to 51 factors and have tightened their grip on third place within the standings, six factors away from fourth-placed Actual Sociedad and 5 behind Actual Madrid in second, each with a sport in hand.
Struggling on the backside of the desk, Valencia are seventeenth on 26 factors, stage with Getafe and Almeria however away from the relegation zone on goal-difference.
After a tough begin to the season, Simeone’s group have lastly hit their stride and produced a dominant efficiency towards Valencia, who had their first and solely shot on course as full-time approached.
Atletico have performed their finest soccer of the marketing campaign in latest weeks, primarily as a result of type of Griezmann.
The 31-year-old ahead is taking part in a few of his finest soccer in years, having excelled for France on the World Cup in Qatar, and is near the shape that earned him third place within the 2018 Ballon d’Or.
His purpose towards Valencia was his 151st for Atletico, whereas this season he leads La Liga in assists (eight) and is second in targets and assists mixed (17).
Atletico, who’ve conceded solely 4 targets of their final 10 matches, have additionally rediscovered their previous defensive kind, a trademark of their aspect since Simeone arrived over a decade in the past.
Securing a top-four end and a spot in Europe’s elite membership competitors subsequent season shall be essential for Simeone, who shall be getting into the ultimate 12 months of his contract.
“The group is having fun with the final video games. When issues go this effectively, with the tools plugged in you possibly can get pleasure from it. The group is getting dynamic and we’re shifting ahead,” midfielder Marcos Llorente informed Movistar Plus.
“The purpose is to complete as excessive as potential. We solely have La Liga left, we need to do our greatest right here, attempt to climb positions, there are nice groups above, why not go for them? So long as it’s mathematically potential, we’re going to go for all of it,” he underlined.