Atletico Madrid beat Sociedad in Spanish League

Yannick Carrasco was the topic of particular compliments from Diego Simeone after the Atletico Madrid coach said his winger has "developed massively" since joining the club.

Atletico's play was rather more disjointed at the start of the second half and La Real were encouraged by that, becoming increasingly in prominent in possession. The same source stated that if Real Madrid paid the penalty clause, there will be an unusual war between the two clubs.

"Since 2017 began, we have been playing much better, a much more balanced team, more consistent in our play", Simeone said.

Atletico were in control from the start and the Brazil worldwide found the net from close range in the 28th minute after a quick exchange of passes with Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres.

However, the ball then rebounded invitingly back to him, only for Torres to fire it into the side-netting, to the disbelief of Atletico supporters.

Talking to the media ahead of Tuesday's visit of Real Sociedad, Simeone said: "Since his arrival in the team it's reasonable to say he [Carrasco] has developed enormously as a person".

"Next up for Atleti is a trip to arch rivals and league leaders Real Madrid, followed by the Champions League quarter-final first leg at home to Leicester next Wednesday".

Angel Correa missed a great opportunity to double the lead in the 81st minute, when he was left one-on-one with the goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, but he managed to placed his effort wide. Aritz Aduriz scored twice in the first half to move Athletic closer to a Europa League spot.

Aduriz has scored four goals in the last three league games with Athletic.

Villarreal move back into fifth thanks to Adrian Lopez's 47th minute goal which gave them a 1-0 win away to struggling Betis, who rarely looked like getting anything from the game.

  • Lila Blake