Griezmann, Vitolo on target as Atletico beat Celta

Griezmann, Vitolo on target as Atletico beat Celta

He showed precisely why other sides might be interested in him during Sunday's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, scoring a fine goal and then setting up Vitolo for the second. Griezmann scored the opening goal for the Los Colchoneros (The Mattressers) in the closing stages of first half.

The team's 10th win in 11 matches in all competitions kept second-place Atletico eight points behind Barcelona with 10 matches left.

The striker has suffered through a disappointing season which saw his club crash out of the Champions League at the hands of Roma and Chelsea.

Atletico are second in the standings on 64 points after 28 games while leaders Barcelona have 72 after winning 2-0 at Malaga on Saturday and third-placed Real Madrid have 57. Meanwhile, Real won 2-1 at Eibar thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.

"There is a long way to go", he said. Now we must go to Russian Federation, with a hard game on our return at Villarreal. I want to reach the final five rounds with chances. The Frenchman cleared two Celta players by faking a shot near the goal, then sent the ball into the top far corner to open the scoring at the Metropolitano. He turned provider in the 56th minute with a pass for Vitolo, who beat Ruben Blanco in the Celta goal with a clipped finish.


Griezmann and co.travel to Russian Federation on Thursday to face Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League, where they will head into the game with a 3-0 first leg lead. 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.

The striker, who struggled for form earlier in the season, has been booed by Atletico fans at certain points of the campaign for flirting with a move to Barca and for admitting interest in joining Manchester United previous year. They head to Russian Federation for the return this midweek, before visiting Villarreal next Sunday.

"He scored a great goal, he made the second goal and he worked for the team". However, it looks like he'll be teaming up with Messi next season. We already more or less knew when it might happen.

"I've always tried to be close to him because he is a very important player for us", added Gabi.

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