Atletico star questions attitude of players amid Griezmann rumours

Atletico star questions attitude of players amid Griezmann rumours

Atletico play host to cross-city rivals Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday (7.45pm).

He was widely expected to depart Spain during the previous window, admitting that a transfer to United was possible and labelling his chances of moving to Old Trafford at "six out of ten". Pep Guardiola probably likes Griezmann as a player, but must know his current City squad isn't calling out for the Frenchman.

Atleti's woes this term have mainly come in Europe where are they on the verge of suffering an unexpected elimination from the Champions League, although domestically they have been underwhelming at times despite remaining unbeaten.

The capital clubs are locked together on 23 points in LaLiga, with the prospect of losing further ground on Barcelona - eight points better off at the top of the table - a grim one to contemplate.

Fortunately for the hosts Koke is back in training following his hamstrung injury, which means their set-pieces will be dangerous once again.

Griezmann has scored just three goals this season in all competitions for Atletico Madrid
Griezmann has scored just three goals this season in all competitions for Atletico Madrid

Butarque isn't the easiest of grounds to go to when points are required, as Atletico Madrid will already attest. Thankfully for Real fans both Isco and Marco Asensio have pitched in with four league goals each, and Zidane's side are still scoring two goals per game on average.

Real Madrid are closing in on the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. It will take a gargantuan effort to make it through to the knockout stages from this position, and failing to do so would underline their worrying form. The 23-year-old has started just two games under Ernesto Valverde this season amid reports that he has become a Napoli transfer target. He has been linked Manchester United from a long and has flirted with the club with plenty of tweets.

His speed and brilliant off-the-ball movement means his team-mate Luis Alberto (three goals, five assists in Serie A this season) will constantly look to release him when opportunities to counter arise. Though teams have found it hard to score against Leganes, the hosts themselves are the joint lowest scorers in the top 16 teams in La Liga.

But, the player seems adamant to run down his contract with the Gunners to seek a new challenge next summer.

Toshack, who was only appointed for his second stint as head coach in February, did not last the year as Madrid ended 1998-99 without a trophy.

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