Griezmann among goals again as Atletico ease past Celta

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The Frenchman opened the scoring as Atletico ran out 3-0 winners at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday, reducing the gap to La Liga leaders Barcelona back to eight points. Meanwhile, Real won 2-1 at Eibar thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace. "We'll try to continue in this way, now we have a complicated trip to Russian Federation before Villarreal". I want to reach the final five rounds with chances. "If that happens, we will talk of something else".

Vitolo produced a solid display on the left flank and capped his performance with a fine goal, latching on to Griezmann's defence-splitting pass and finishing with a delicate chip over the approaching Ruben Blanco. The teams drew 0-0 in Sevilla in the first leg. Correa came in for Vitolo just before the hour and got on the scoresheet four minutes later, finishing low into the net after his initial effort had been blocked.

Manchester United were heavily linked with the forward last summer and, despite Griezmann admitting he was "flattered" by the interest of the Red Devils, he turned down Jose Mourinho's side in favour of remaining in Madrid. They head to Russian Federation for the return this midweek, before visiting Villarreal next Sunday.

Forward Gerard Moreno scored a 72nd-minute victor as Espanyol came from behind to defeat Real Sociedad 2-1 and extend its unbeaten streak to seven matches. "He is playing fantastically well, there is communion with the fans, he scored a great goal, gave a fantastic assist, worked hard for the team".

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Griezmann's decision to stay as the club transitioned to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium showed his affection for and loyalty to the club, but earlier in the season, it looked as if it may have been a mistake, as he struggled for form.

"Costa was feeling uncomfortable after the knock he received but the doctor will be able to inform everyone better than me", said Simeone.

"We wanted him to make a leap forwards in his quality during transitional play, he's getting closer to what we want from him".

Messi is expected back against Chelsea at the Camp Nou, where the score is 1-1 from the first leg, but Valverde will have been delighted with how his attackers filled the void, as Suarez, Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele all delivered excellent displays.